Etko Winery St. Nicholas Commandaria 2003
Concentrated in the southern Greek part of the island, the majority of wine production in Cyrpus is at elevation (approximately 2,000 to 5,000 ft) where precipitation is most abundant.
Medieval Cyprus wine was commercially the most important in the Middle East, but because of its position in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus has been subject to domination by various foreign powers. Since it joined the European Union in 2004, the Cyprus wine industry has experienced a significant revolution. Phylloxera has never invaded the island; grape varieties are a combination of indigenous and international.
Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.