Lambouri Winery Ya'in Kafrisin Red 2007
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.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.