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Introduction to Cyprus

The most common grapes found in Cyprus are Mavro (red) and Xynisteri (white). However, much of these produce poor quality wines, so are instead used to produce liqueurs, brandy, etc.

However, Cyprus’ most famous wine, Commandaria (or Commanderia), from the Commandaria region in western Cyprus, is made from these two grapes – but after the grapes have been dried in the sun. It is an amber-coloured dessert wine, which has spirit added to the must before fermentation, and is then aged using the solera system (used in sherry). Commandaria dates back to 1100 (the time of the crusades).