Saturday, September 07, 2013

a visit to a winery

Most wineries on the island are located in the villages of Limassol known as Krasochoria, or "wine villages". In Omodos which is one of these villages are plenty of wineries. In the pittoresque village center we walked along cobblestone roads, sat at a café and enjoyed the busy athomsphere. The tourists definitely hadn't left this part of the island for the season. This day we didn't join them at the wineries outlets with wine tasting.
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The whole family had been invited to visit the big Olympus winery, by awesome Mrs Olvia Haggipavlu. The winery is owned by ETKO which is the oldest wine-making business on the island, established 1844. Lately they've been more into making boutique wines after decades of producing bulk wines to Russia, and even Sweden.

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My first impression when arriving at the winery was the beautiful scent of wine laying heavily over the area. The friendly wine maker from Greece guided us around and explained carefully the wine process. I was also impressed by the busy well functioning logistics. Trucks loaded with grapes frequently arriving, as it's harvest season. Emptied in just a blink of a moment into the crush. There where huge funky shining machines everywhere for all kinds of purposes that where definitely a joy to the eye. I also recall the laboratory with the lab coated lady, busy with colourful chemicals and liquids in pipes and bottles everywhere.
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The visits final was a tasting of their wines in different phases directly from the tanks. We tried a lovely ecologial Merlot, a nice Cabernet Sauvignon, a crisp and dry Xynisteri, a beautiful Maratheftiko and a really young Rosé from 2013 that was still sweet and fizzing. We had a fab time and truly grateful to Olvia for the opportunity to spend an afternoon with her in the midst of her big business, nonetheless filled with love.
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