Winemaker’s Wife – The story of the New Single Vineyard label

A modern and easily distinguishable label. Different from the Zambartas Range, and at the same time in line with our characteristic style. Something that expresses the vineyard. The soil. The vines. The beauty of its age. The typical way it is cultivated. The robust character of a vine in a hot climate.  Something that touches on the essence of a Single Vineyard Range. And finally, something that makes the label ‘ours’.

All of the above sum up pretty well what we looked for when we decided to give our Xynisteri Single Vineyard (and the Single Vineyard range to follow) a new jacket. Not an easy task to express that in a label and how to find the artist?

Things fell into place relatively quickly once we decided that this could be another unique ‘family’ project. We have always cherished the fact that our family created the winery and wines, so why not extend this to the labels also? My father (and Marcos’ father-in-law), Gerard, always had a big talent for sketching and painting. Since his retirement, he has picked up the pencil more frequently  and recently graduated from the Arendonk Art Academy in Belgium. He has an inherent love for nature and very much enjoys helping out at the winery during his stays in Cyprus. Bingo, one plus one is two!

So, Gerard got his sketchbook and headed to the vineyard on a cool autumn afternoon and started sketching the different shapes of vines. Old bush vines can have beautiful artistic shapes and none of them are the same. Each one of them grows in a unique way. After a study, some photographs and a few aquarelles he came to his final sketch which is now on the new label.

We immediately loved it and ask our graphic designer to blend it in with our modern labels. The result is, in our modest opinion 😉, very refined and yet modern. We are very proud that we yet again managed to include a family member’s talent in our product and especially Marleen is excited to see her proud dad!

Family.Creation.Nature.Synergy.

These are the four words that we choose to feature on the new label. I think the story of the evolution of the label fits these four words perfectly.

We love it. We hope you do as well!

 

Love,

A winemaker’s Wife

 

Ps: Yes, it is under screwcap! We decided to go against prevailing opinions and attitudes in Cyprus, because we believe screwcap is a very good closure for quality wines. Marcos will explain in his winemaker’s notes why.

Gerard and Marcos during a visit to the Xynisteri Vineyard in December

Harvesting the Xynisteri Single Vineyard together with Theo in 2016

Winemaker’s wife -‘Apricot Walnut Lavender Cake’

The season of stonefruits started in Cyprus, a mark for the start of summer! I personally love all stone fruits; apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines… They are a source of antioxidants, the kids adore them and their full sweet taste and balanced acidity make them perfect for baking and cooking desserts.

In Cyprus they are grown in abundance. Our local grocery store stacks full crates of them as soon as you enter the door. Even the petrol station in our village sells them by the bag, for a few euros only, brought by locals in their open pick-up trucks.

Last week, we had 20 journalists over to see our newly renovated winery.  After an abundant lunch of local Cypriot food and wine, we offered them a barrel sample taste of our 2011 Commandaria. I had to think of a cake, preferably seasonal, that would go nicely with the sweet dessert wine. I immediately thought of my ‘always-a-winner-recipe’, which I baked many times for the winery team during the harvest. The Apricot Walnut Lavender Cake. The cake is perfectly combined with a sweet wine or just very tasty with a cup of coffee or tea.

All ingredients are readily available in Cyprus, and you can even find most of them from local producers.

Ingredients:

185g unsalted butter, diced and at room temperature
2 tbsp walnut oil
220g caster sugar
120g ground almonds
4 medium eggs, beaten
120g ground walnuts
90g plain flour
½ tsp vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1½ tsp picked lavender flowers, fresh or dry
Salt
600g (gross) apricots, halved and stones removed

For the icing
50g icing sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Heat the oven to 170C/335F/gas mark 3. Put the butter, oil, sugar and almonds in the bowl of a mixer and beat on a medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs bit by bit, making sure each addition is well incorporated before beginning the next, then fold in the walnuts, flour, vanilla, lemon zest, a teaspoon of lavender flowers and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt.

Line the base and sides of a 23cm cake tin with greaseproof paper. Pour in the cake mix and use a palette knife to level it out. Arrange the apricot halves skin side down and slightly overlapping all over the top of the cake, taking them right to the edge.

Bake for 70-80 minutes – cover with foil if the top starts to brown too much; also, note that when you insert a skewer to test for doneness, it will come out a little sticky because of all the moisture in the apricots.

While the cake is baking, whisk together the icing sugar and lemon juice until you have a light, pourable icing (adjust the amount of sugar or juice slightly, to suit your tastes). As soon as the cake is cooked, remove from the oven and brush the icing all over the top. Sprinkle over the remaining lavender flowers and set aside to cool.

Recipe from: Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

Enjoy!

Love,

A Winemaker’s Wife

Annual Open Doors 9-10 June

We welcome you to our annual Open Doors event on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June. We are especially excited this time, as we will be receiving you in our new tastingroom!

Participate in a guided tour of the winery and taste our wines on our beautiful veranda. We will offer a sneak-peek taste our newly bottled Xynisteri Single Vineyard 2017.

Got hungry after the tasting? No problem! We made special BYO ( Bring Your Own) arrangements with Stou Kyr Yianni Restaurant, To Katoi Restaurant in Omodos and Ariadne Taverna in Vasa. You may take your Zambartas bottle there to drink during your lunch if you order Mezedes. Reservations required, please mention ‘Open Doors Zambartas’ when making the reservation. Enjoy 🙂

Free Entrance; Children welcome! (Baby changing facilities/colouring books and snacks)

This event is co-hosted by our colleague wineries: Argirides Winery in Vasa, Vlassides Winery in Koilani, Tsiakkas Winery in Pelendri and Kyperounta Winery in Kyperounta.

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Τα οινοποιεία Αργυρίδη, Βλασσίδη, Ζαμπάρτα, Κυπερούντα και Τσιάκκα σας καλωσορίζουν στην ετήσια εκδήλωση «Ανοιχτές Πόρτες». Γνωρίστε την Κυπριακή οινοποιία μέσα από τις ξεναγήσεις στα οινοποιεία και τις γευστικές δοκιμές των κρασιών τους.

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New Tasting Room Open!

We are very excited to announce that our new tasting room is officially open! After a long process of planning and executing the renovation, we have now turned the winery’s top floor in a state-of-the-art modern tasting area. We have a beautiful bar, a fireplace for the winter and a lovely open veranda overlooking the valley of Agios Amvrosios.

The winery’s tastingroom is open 7 days per week for visits during the summer season. We are happy to host individuals and groups, and offer different types of experiences. We can sit up to 25 people for seated tastings and up to 35-40 for informal non-seated tasting sessions.

Please visit our ‘Visit Us’ section for more details on the different tasting experiences and packages that we offer.

We hope to welcome you soon!

The Zambartas Family & Hospitality Team