Makkas Winery awarded for bringing ancient Cypriot wine to the forefront

LONDON, May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One of the world’s oldest wine making countries lies, not surprisingly, within the Mediterranean. Cyprus has been producing wine for over 5,500 years and is currently home to 55 small, mainly family-run wineries on the island. One in particular – Makkas Winery – is building the infrastructure to become a hotspot for tourists.

The winery had a rocky start, however, when the original owners were reluctant to invest in reviving its vineyards. Fast-forward eleven years under new leadership, and Makkas Winery now produces 330,000 bottles per year across 14 different varieties. So far it has won 90 international awards, including its latest for Best Wine Producer in Cyprus in the World Finance Fine Wine Report 2018.

With its primary objective being diversification in its first years, Makkas Winery quickly succeeded in penetrating the competitive market. The winery then set its sights on development, which has won it international recognition and the only two innovation programmes at the European Innovation in the Vinicultural Sector competition in 2014. Both programmes have been completed and are now in their respective pilot testing phases; one involves crop-monitoring technology, while the other focuses on developing yeast from local grape varieties.

Makkas Winery’s latest goal is to promote the uniqueness of Cypriot grape varieties, such as Xynisteri, Promara, Morocanella, Maratheftiko and Yannoudi as well as the local traditional dessert wine, Nama.

The company’s pioneering nature, meanwhile, forms the backbone of its long-term strategy, which can be best seen in the development of its new winery. As well as increasing productivity, the state-of-the-art four-storey structure also includes a restaurant, accommodation and a rooftop garden with breathtaking views to lure tourists from both near and afar.  

To find out more about Makkas Winery, check out an exclusive article written by Director Andreas N Psaras, in the latest edition of World Finance magazine, available in print, on tablet and online now:

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