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Xynisteri

Xynisteri is an ancient Cypriot variety that has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. It is a white grape with a unique flavor profile, grown mainly in the Akamas region of the Mediterranean island.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Xynisteri has yellow-greenish skin and produces a medium-bodied white wine. Aromas of green apples, herbs and citrus fruits are complemented with a refreshing acidity and minerality. The Xynisteri wine is low in acidity and alcohol levels, making it a perfect summer wine.

Fresh Xynisteri grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Xynisteri is grown primarily in Cyprus, where it has been cultivated for centuries. It is the second-most widely planted white variety on the island and is mainly found in the Akamas region, where it benefits from the cool climate and sandy soils. Xynisteri is a vigorous variety that can be difficult to manage in the vineyard. To keep yields low and quality high, the vines must be carefully pruned and managed. The grapes ripen early, so harvest usually takes place in August. Xynisteri produces wines that are light and fruity, with soft acidity and low alcohol levels. The wines can be made in a variety of styles, from sparkling to still, off-dry to sweet. The wines of Xynisteri can vary depending on where they are grown. In the Akamas region, the wines tend to be dry, medium-bodied and aromatic. In other areas, the wines can be fuller-bodied and richer, with deeper color and more pronounced fruit flavors. Xynisteri wines are best enjoyed with lighter dishes, such as grilled fish, salads and vegetable-based dishes. The wines also pair well with Mediterranean cuisine, such as Greek and Cypriot dishes.

Foods to pair with Xynisteri:

Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Xynisteri
Xynisteri is a Greek word that means “wine of the heavens”. This is fitting, as the variety is believed to have been brought to Cyprus by the gods.

Top Wines with Xynisteri

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Tσiakkaς Ξυνιστέρι (Xynisteri)

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Tσiakkaς Ξυνιστέρι (Xynisteri) is a delightful white wine produced by Tσiakkas Winery in Cyprus. The wine is made from the indigenous Xynisteri grape variety grown in the high-altitude vineyards of the Troodos Mountains. The vineyards are characterized by their rocky soils and cool climate, which impart unique flavors and aromas to the wine. The winemaking process involves gentle pressing of the grapes and fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness and fruitiness of the wine. The resulting wine is crisp, refreshing, and aromatic, with notes of citrus, green apple, and herbs. It is a perfect match for seafood, salads, and light dishes.
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Tσiakkaς Κουμανταρία (Commandaria)

Tσiakkaς

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Tσiakkaς Κουμανταρία, also known as Commandaria, is a renowned wine that originates from the Commandaria region in Cyprus. This sweet dessert wine is produced using a unique winemaking process that dates back centuries. The vineyards in Commandaria benefit from the island's warm Mediterranean climate, with long, sunny days and cool nights, which contribute to the grapes' exceptional ripening. The key selling point of Tσiakkaς Κουμανταρία lies in its rich and luscious style, characterized by its deep amber color, intense aromas of dried fruits, honey, and spices, and a velvety smooth texture. It is a perfect choice for those seeking a luxurious and indulgent wine experience.
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