Single Vineyard Dinner at Vrakas Tavern 5 October

We would like to cordially invite you for a ‘Single Vineyard’ Dinner at Vrakas Restaurant in Pissouri on Saturday 5 October.

It will be a unique opportunity to taste our Single Vineyard Range paired with specially selected dishes. The pairing was prepared by Vrakas owner and sommelier, Haris Stylianides, who is very excited to welcome you to this gastronomic evening.

The Single Vineyard Range is only for sale at the winery and very few selected restaurants, so it we will a great opportunity to get introduced to the full range.

D E T A I L S

Date: Saturday 5 October
Time: 20.00 – 23.00H
Location: Vrakas Tavern, Pissouri Main Square
Price: 45.00Eur p.p.

Please refer here –  vrakas_menu_zam  -for the menu of the evening

For reservations, please contact +357 25 221 940 or +357 99 312 443

 

 

Koukouvagia Range under new label

Our Koukouvagia Range of wines, consisting of a white, rose and red wine, now have a completely new look.

The labels were designed by the talented Cypriot designer Myria Konnari, who explains: ‘The concept is modern, yet paying tribute to Cyprus’ culture. The labels’ focus is on the different reflections of the eye of the owl and the typography used for the word Κουκουβαγια (owl) is based on the Byzantine alphabet.’

We are very happy to work with a young talented Cypriot artist and come to a  lively synergy of tradition, modernism and ‘local’ creativity.

The 2018 vintage of the white, rose and red Koukouvagia are now released and available at the winery & in selected hotels & restaurants.

In October we will host an official launch party. Details & date to be announced.

24 July Winery CLOSED

On Wednesday the 24th of July the winery will be closed for one day for visitors.

The Zambartas team will be enjoying its yearly team building day, ahead of the busy harvest period. Naturally, also our hostesses will be joining us on that day. We will enjoy some summer activities including water, nature, drinks and food. Cheers 🙂

The rest of the summer, we welcome you 7 days per week!

We thank you for your understanding,

The Zambartas Team

 

 

Winemaker’s Tasting of Single Vineyard Range

We invite you for a tasting of our newly launched Single Vineyard Range, hosted by Marcos Zambartas. Marcos has been very passionate about developing his Single Vineyard Range and he is excited to share this passion with you. He wil take you to one of the oldest vineyards in Cyprus, the Margelina Vineyard, followed by a guided tasting of each of the wines. Marcos will explain the philosophy, winemaking techniques and finally enjoy the wines together with you. Each wine will be matched with a home made canapée, with local and mediterranean ingredients.

You will be  tasting the following wines

  • Zambartas Xynisteri 2018 & Zambartas Xynisteri Single Vineyard 2018
  • Maratheftiko Rose Single Vineyard 2018
  • Margelina ‘Field Blend’ Single Vineyard 2017
  • Shiraz Single Vineyard 2016

Date: Sunday 28 July

Program:
9.30 Meeting at Zambartas Wineries for a trip to the Margelina Vineyard in Agios Nikolaos. Marcos will show this unique vineyard and explain about the different varieties. Own transportation by saloon car is needed. The vineyard is a few minutes walk from the main road.
11.00 Return at Zambartas Wineries, short refreshment break.
11.30 Start of Guided Tasting
13.00 Finish

Cost: 20,-Eur p.p. incl VAT. Pre-booking & payment required. Limited seats available only (24 seats). For reservations, please contact Marleen by email: [email protected] Please state in your email the number & names of particpants.

Summer Wine Talks at Jamie’s Italian Nicosia

We are delighted to invite you to a summery tasting of our wines at Jamie’s Italian in Nicosia on Thursday 18 July.

Enjoy our summer wines in the fully blooming garden of Jamie’s Italian, along with some tasty bites. After the tasting you may continue you evening at the restaurant for a dinner accompanied by our wines, which will be on special offer for the night.

Marcos and Marleen will be there to talk about the wines, and enjoy the evening with you.

We hope to see you!

 

Where: Jamie’s Italian Nicosia

When: Thursday 18 July from 19.30-21.30

 

Seasonal Delights ‘Grandma’s Apricot Jam’

The season of the stone fruits has arrived to Cyprus and plums, peaches and nectarines can be found in abundance in all local supermarkets and ‘frouterias’.  They are juicy, sweet and very fresh. They are unloaded in high stacks from open back trucks in colourful crates. A sight that every Cypriot is comfortably familiar with; summer has arrived!

My favorite stone fruits are apricots. They are very tasty on their own, but also prefect for baking delicious cakes (see last years blog) and make great jam. I recently took on the challenge of making my own apricot jam, depsite the fact I am a complete jam making novice. The recipe was a Cypriot classic and very easy, so not much could go wrong…

And it didn’t go wrong… How do I know? Marcos’ comment when he tasted it: ‘Mmmmm….it is good. It reminds me of my grandmother’s apricot jam’. That says it all 🙂

The jam is now served at the winery with our ‘Vineyard & Breakfast Experience‘.

 

Ingredients

1 Kg Apricots
550 Grams of granulated sugar
2 Lemons (Make sure they are juicy lemons)
3 Bay leafs

Method

Halve the apricots, take out the stones and discard them. Place the halved apricot in a big heavy-bottomed pan. Add the sugar, the juice of the two lemons and bay leafs. Give it a good stir and leave it for a couple of hours to soak. The sugar will absord the juices and get thicker.

After 2 hours, remove the bay leafs. Heat up the pan to a low heat and let the sugar dissolve.  Once dissolved, turn the heat a bit higher and cook the jam. Cook until the apricot flesh has broken down in pieces and has cooked down. The jam should have a lovely golden orange colour and have a medium set consistency.

When the jam is ready, leave it to cool down for about 15 minutes. Then spoon the jam into sterilised jars. Close and seal the jars while the jam is still warm. Let the jars cool down completely.

You can keep the jars outside of the fridge, but after opening they need to be stored in the fridge.

Enjoy!

I am Margelina and this my story

Well, I can speak for myself. I was named Margelina, and my life started in the year 1921, on British soil. The weather that year was as usual, cool and rainy in the winter months and warm and dry in the summer. The world was still recovering from a bloody war, which left us in Cyprus unaffected. The Brits that were ruling the island came and went and occasionally you could spot a British officer in the mountains. My care takers were Cypriot, simple and hardworking people, Turkish or Greek, it didn’t matter at that time. They took good care of me. For years and years, they came with a plow pulled by an ox to take care of my soil and harvested me with the help of their donkeys. They were fruitful and youthful years. The joy it brought when my grapes were harvested in their big straw baskets, created happy and precious memories.

Agios Nikolaos, or also called ‘Esentepe’ in Turkish (meaning ‘Windy Hill’) was my home and it has been ever since. Facing the majestic peaks of the Troodos mountains and with deep cliffs right next to me, I could say I am quite privileged with my location. The village to which I belong, was thriving, although not big, with about 500 inhabitants. It was lively, especially in the summer when everybody took part in the harvest season. Friendships were strong and the Mosque and school played a central role for mingling and gossiping.

The mosk of Agios Nikolaos

We went through the turmoil of the second world war without a plane flying over me or a man fallen in the village. The rumours of the Cypriot men fighting at the frontline along the Brits, passed us, like whispers in the wind.

As my roots grew stronger and deeper every year, the trouble in my village started only after the Brits left us in 1960. Suddenly the village lost its innocence as lifelong friendships suddenly got estranged. Over the next years the very few Greek speaking men and women of the village slowly started to leave, and in 1973, over the course of one harvest season, the village was left empty.

I remained and in the following years the demand for grapes grew. I was over 50 years old though, getting old. My gnarling arms were producing a fruit that slowly got out of fashion, Mavro, and a little bit of Maratheftiko, Kanella, Yiannoudi and Ofthalmo. Some of my long-time neighbours got uprooted and made place for new plantations with exotic sounding names such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. We were now harvested in plastic crates and big trucks transported our fruit to the wineries in Limassol. A new era had come, and I seemed to be lucky to survive.

Towards the end of the century, our ‘windy hill’ every year seemed to get a little warmer and less rains passed over us. The nineteen nineties were just dry, year after year. There were summers that my roots had to work so hard to get water, and I produced so little fruit, that being uprooted seemed inevitable. Although I was nearly abandoned, I survived and entered a new century, still standing proudly on top of that hill.

As I got older and older, I was going to give up on life in my crooked arms and tired roots. There was not much interest in my grapes and modern winemaking seemed to be able to do without me.

 

Marcos and Christodoulos in Margelina in 2016

Then one day there came some young men to me and took a real interest in me. They studied my arms, my leaves and soil. They went from plant to plant to see what varieties I had to offer. And then they came again, and after a few months again. For two years they ploughed me, pruned my crooked arms, took some leaves with them and then a few grapes. They did not spray anything on me and allowed the flowers, herbs and bugs to feed on my soil. But when the harvest season came, they left my fruit behind.

In 2017, I started to be a in a good shape again, got rid of my aching arms and produced juicy and flavoursome grapes. I did not believe I was 96 years old, when they finally came with crates and a small truck to harvest my grapes again.

For nearly a century I was a silence witness to all that Cyprus went through. I witnessed the joy, the grief, and the fools of mankind. I saw the society and weather conditions change permanently.

As I was about to give up on life, I got saved. And now, the grapes I bear, are turned into wine again…

 

 

Single Vineyard Margelina 2017 ‘Field Blend’

Available at the winery.
Tasting notes: Single Vineyard Margelina 2017

 

Single Vineyard Range exclusively for sale at the winery

We are excited to present our full Single Vineyard Range of wines. A unique range of wines with very limited number of bottles produced of each label. With this range we focus on the vineyard and its natural habitat. In this way, we believe, we can best express the unique terroir of Cyprus in the bottle.

4 vineyards, 4 different stories

The four vineyards that are expressed in this range of wines each have their own story, characteristics and identity.

Margelina Vineyard

Single Vineyard Margelina, Field Blend 2017

The oldest vineyard, Margelina, was planted in 1921 and classifies as one of Europe’s oldest vineyards. Although unattended for 4 years by the previous owner, Marcos sensed the unique value of this vineyard and its potential to make a style of wine long forgotten on the island. Located in Agios Nicolaos at an altitude 900m facing the Troodos Mountains with a North – West orientation, it is mainly planted with Mavro, but there are Xynisteri, Maratheftiko, Ofthalmo, Kanella and Yiannoudi plants as well.After acquiring the vineyard we tended it organically for 2 years without encouraging crop production to rejuvenate it. We have reshaped the vines, added manure and in 2017 we finally harvested its grapes. A true gem of Cypriot viticulture, which we proudly preserve!

Xynisteri Vineyard

Single Vineyard Xynisteri 2018

Our Xynisteri is a beautiful 30+ years old vineyard at an elevation of 950 meters altitude. This west-facing vineyard has been masterfully shaped by the previous owner, it is farmed organically and it is naturally combating fungus and harmful insects. The grapes ripe beautifully each year due to its elevation and sufficient sun exposure, giving a wine with such an aroma and flavour concentration that has put Xynisteri in the grape varieties that can produce age-worth white wines. It is a novel style of wine that places Xynisteri among the varieties that can yield high quality white wines.

Maratheftiko vineyard in 2016

Single Vineyard Marathéftiko Rose 2018

Akis Zambartas always fostered a strong belief in the superiority of Maratheftiko compared to other Cypriot red varieties. It was natural that the first vineyard planted by the Zambartas family back into 2006 would be Maratheftiko. Located in Pachna village,  it is partly goblet shaped and partly on a trellis and has been coming of age remarkably well, despite the inherent pollination difficulties of the Maratheftiko variety. As we mostly use Maratheftiko to produce red wine since the inception of the winery, we took on the challenge to produce an elegant, lightly barrel matured Rose with a signature.

Goblet shaped Shiraz

Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Shiraz is a story of micro climate and extreme weather. Located in Pachna Village, this goblet shaped 18 year old vineyard was hit by hail early in the growing season in 2016. Approximately 40% of the grape production was destroyed. The remaining grapes benefited and turned out to be the best grapes that Marcos witnessed in his life as a winemaker in Cyprus. The decision to make a Single Vineyard varietal Shiraz was taken with instinct and a critical mind. Something unique could come out of this unexpected cloud burst and it was well worth exploring!

Organic practices and respect for nature

We believe in limited intervention to nature’s ways therefore we farm our vines organically, emphasizing the ‘sense of place’ in our wines. Herbicides are not used at all and we do the extra mile to protect our vines  with naturally occurring substanses when it is necessary, and not proactively, hence significantly reducing spraying. We analyse the soil to decide if and which fertilization is necessary and we plant cover crops to negate deficiencies. Despite that phylloxera might enter the Cypriot ecosystem in the future, we take the risk to plant our new vineyards on their own roots to get the full expression of our terroir.

Limited interventions in winemaking

While crafting the wines in this range, Marcos continues the philosophy of limited intervention aiming full expression of the terroir in the final product. To this means, he uses natural yeasts despite the risks for the Margelina and Xynisteri labels, limits filtrations and stabilisation processes on all the wines to the minimum needed and avoids dominant oak aroma’s. The winemaking is centred around the idea that the winemaker enables and allows the wine to speak for itself.

A modern look and closure

Old Vineyards with a long story deserve a label that honours them. That’s why we have asked Marleen’s father, who has a talent for art, to draw one of those beautiful old and gnarling bush vines to feature on the label of this range. The result is a modern label with a gorgeous age defying vine in the spotlight.

We choose to bottle the wines under screwcap, that is where old and modern ultimately cross paths. High quality wines deserve a closure that preserves their precious, but sensitive aroma and allows them to age without oxidising. High quality modern screwcaps do this better that any other closure nowadays. The choice of a winemaker with heart for both tradition and science.

The full range is now available at the winery.

Tasting notes & Technical Information

Single Vineyard Xynisteri 2018

Single Vineyard Maratheftiko Rosé 2018

Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Single Vineyard Margelina 2017

Job Position: Assistant Winemaker

Zambartas Wineries is looking for an Assistant Winemaker to join our team.

Please find position details and requirements here in Greek (PDF): Job Position – Εργοδότηση βοηθού υπεύθυνου παραγωγής

 

Open during holiday Pentecost weekend 15-17 June

The winery will welcome visitors during the upcoming long weekend of 15-17 June, in which we celebrate the Orthodox Pentecost (Whit Monday).

Working hours are as follows:

Saturday 15 June 10.00AM -4.30PM

Sunday 16 June 10.00AM – 4.30PM

Monday 17 June 10.00AM – 4.30PM

You are welcome for a tour & tasting!