Online Wine Tasting Sessions with Marcos

Following the positive feedback and new requests, we will continue our online wine tasting sessions throughout April. All the sessions will be delivered through the application ZOOM which is so easy to use, just type https://zoom.us/ and follow the instructions.

Timetable for next weekend:

SATURDAY 11 APRIL – Session will be held in GREEK

1st session: 12.00-13:00 H – Η μέθοδος αξιολόγησης κρασιών – Πώς συνεργούν οι 4 μας αισθήσεις; (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ).
2nd session: 17:30-18:30H – Ερυθρά κρασιά – Οινοποίηση και τύποι – (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ).

SUNDAY 12 APRIL – Sessions will be held in ENGLISH

3rd session: 12.00-13:00H – Introduction winetasting: The synergy of 4 of our senses to appreciate wine – (ENGLISH).
4th session: 17:30-18:30H – A deeper look: Red wine making and tasting – (ENGLISH).

How to participate:

o Step1: Order the wines needed for the session that you want to join, see info below.*

o Step 2: Send Marcos Zambartas an email on [email protected] or on Messenger, with the following info:
 Your name
 The day & time of the session you wish to join
 Your email address

o Step 3: Open your email at the day, 10 minutes before the starting time of the session, open the ZOOM link that Marcos emailed and start the session!

*For sessions 1 and 3 you will need 1 bottle each of the following wines:

Xynisteri Zambartas 2019 (Code 276100)
Rose Zambartas 2019 (Code 276103)
Maratheftiko Zambartas 2018 (Code 276105)
Cost of the wines is €33.70 inclusive of VAT and delivery. Make sure you order the right vintages.

For sessions 2 and 4 you will need 1 bottle each of the following wines:

Koukouvagia Red 2018 (Code 276112)
Zambartas Mataro – Yiannoudi 2018 (Code 276104)
Zambartas Shiraz – Lefkada 2018 (Code 276106)
Cost of the wines is €35.70 inclusive of VAT and delivery
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***To get the wines delivered to you by Vassos Eliades Ltd within 72 hours, call Alexis at 97850000 or email [email protected] . Delivery only possible in: Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Pafos.***

 

A few words about Marcos:
Marcos Zambartas is the owner and winemaker of Zambartas Winery. He has extensive experience in delivering Oenology and Viticulture lessons to the members of the Pancyprian Sommelier Association and to the HoReCa industry. He is a certified educator by the HRDA, Cyprus, and he holds a Master degree in Oenology from Adelaide University and a Chemistry degree by Imperial College London.

 

Those who sign up for 2 sessions will receive a free wine tasting by myself at Zambartas winery when we are left loose again! You will be able to invite up to another 5 friends to join you. Valid also for the participants of the weekend 28th – 29th March

The little hands harvest Kumquats

How to avoid too much of that evil word ‘screen time’. Not so easy these days. We are lucky to be able to walk in the fields around our house without breaking our ‘social distancing’ commitment. We are also lucky to have very friendly neighbours with lots of fruit trees in their garden. The only one left with an abundance of fresh fruit at this time of the year, was the mysterious Kumquat Tree. It produces little oval shaped orange citrus fruit, the perfect size for kids to harvest.

So we put on our little gum boots, washed our hands, took some buckets and started our exercise. The little toddler hands filled up a bucket in no time. And then another one and then another one. We split the harvest with our neighbours, but still it seemed like a Herculean task to use up all that fruit….

Now what to make with all these Kumquats? A little bit of research thaught me that the Kumquat originates in China, but is nowadays also a trademark fruit on the island of Corfu. There they make the famous Corfu liqueur from them. Surely delicious, but hey wine is our speciality 😉

So we settled for a super easy ‘Upside down’ Kumquat cake and preserved Kumquats with (local KEO) Brandy. My little sous chef grabbed a chair to stand on and together we started!

A morning and afternoon spent in harmony with nature and creation. Yet another day gone!

Upside Down Kumquat Cake

Ingredients

For the fruit layer:
3 tablespoons butter (45g), salted or unsalted
135g light brown sugar
Appr. half kilo, sliced into thirds, and seeds removed.

For the cake layer:
115g unsalted butter at room temperature
150gr granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
210g flour (I prefer whole meal)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
125ml whole milk, at room temperature

Method

Preheat oven to 190°C

In a 20-25 cm cast iron skillet or cake pan (not a springform pan), melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Cook, while stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts and bubbles. Set aside and allow to cool while you make the cake batter.

Beat together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, alternating with the milk until the batter is smooth. Do not over mix.

Arrange the fruit in the bottom of the skillet or pan, cut side down. If you have two cut sides on a piece, place the largest end facing down. Work from the outside of the pan, creating a tight ring of fruit. Continue until you have covered the bottom of the pan.

Pour the batter on top of the fruit and spread it towards the sides. Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until a wooden pick comes out clean. Allow the pan to cool for 20 minutes.

To flip the cake, place a plate on top of the skillet or pan. Put on your oven mitts just in case some hot juices escape. Flip the cake over and it should pop right out.

(Original recipe: http://loveandduckfat.com/kumquat-upside-cake/)

Preserved Kumquats with brandy

1 kg kumquats
1 kg sugar
1 Liter water
2 Tbs brandy

Method

Use a small sharp knife to cut off the stem of the fruit and slice in 3-4 slices. Take out the pits with the tip of the knife (no need to stress over this, some pits will remain but will come out after the fruit is cooked).

Put sliced fruit, sugar and 8 cups of water in a large pot. Bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes until fruit is cooked and looks translucent. Take pot off the heat and leave fruit in the syrup to cool completely. Remove kumquat slices with a slotted spoon and put in sterilized jars with the brandy.

Return pot with syrup on the stove, bring to boil and reduce for about 15 minutes. Cool syrup and pour into the jars until fruit is covered. Close jars and store in the fridge.

Delicious with vanilla ice cream or as topping for cheese cake.

(Original recipe: https://cuisinovia.com/2016/02/13/candied-kumquats-in-brandied-syrup/)

Tasting Room closed until end of April

Following government measurements in regards to the Corona (Covid 19) Virus, our tasting room will be closed for tours and tastings until the end of April. We will follow the updates from the Ministry of Health and adjust our opening hours accordingly.

The winery will remain open Monday to Friday from 10.00-16.00 for wine sales only.

We would like to express our sincere best wishes to everybody that is affected by the corona virus, from the severely ill to the healthworkers and all that are feeling insecure about different aspects of their lives at the moment. We are all in this together, let our humanity and kindness prevail above all.

We thank you for your understanding,

Keep healthy and positive,

Best,

The Hospitality Team.

 

 

Gastronomos Award ‘Best Rosé Wine’

We are delighted to have been awarded the award for ‘Best Rosé Wine’ of the island, during the yearly Gastromos Event held on 26 February in Nicosia. With this yearly event, Kathimerini Newspaper pays tribute to local products of excellence.

A professional tasting comitteé consisiting of sommeliers and wine writers conducted a blind tasting  and our Rosé was selected for the award this year.

We congratulate all other companies awarded for their products. Cypriot nature provides us a wealth of beautiful and tasty products and we must all work together for our island’s nature preservation for future generations.

Watch the Gastronomos video that pays tribute to our Rosé wine and the Lefkada Vineyard here: http://https://youtu.be/11WfUHdbH0E

More about the awards: https://gastronomos.kathimerini.com.cy/gr/

Find us at the London Wine Fair 2020

We are happy to announce that we will be present at this year’s London Wine Fair, held at Olympia London from 18-20 May. We will be taking part in the ‘Wines Unearthed’ section of the fair, which highlights smaller producers from all over the world.

We would be happy to meet anybody that wishes to get to know us better and get a taste of our wines.

Visit us at stand X108B

For more information  and exports, please contact Marleen at [email protected] 

For more information about the London Wine Fair: londonwinefair.com

Gastronomic Dinner at Αιγαίον Fish Bar Postponed

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice, due to the recent developments and recommendations in regards to the Corona Virus. We will announce a new date once possible and appropriate. Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy.

 

We invite you to a unique food & wine dinner, on the 18th of March in Nicosia, organised at ΑΙΓΑΙΟΝ Fish Bar. Get the change to sample our wines with a dinner in a beautiful setting.

During this gastronomic experience, our wines will be paired with flavours of the sea (seafood, seashells and fish) prepared by the chef of ΑΙΓΑION Fish Bar. At the end of the evening we will offer a glass of our Commandaria, which is not released yet!

Marcos and Marleen will be present to introduce their wines. We hope to see you there!

Location: ΑΙΓΑION Fish Bar
Old Town, Nicosia
Dinner Time: 20.30
Price: 55 euros/person
For reservations: 22 253030

MENU will be available soon.

 

GREEK:

Το Οινοποιείο Ζαμπάρτα, το ΑΙΓΑΙΟΝ Fish Bar και η εταιρεία Βάσσος Ηλιάδης Λτδ., διοργανώνουν στις 18 Μαρτίου ένα μοναδικό δείπνο παντρέματος φαγητού και κρασιού.

Σε αυτή τη γαστρονομική εμπειρία, κρασιά του Οινοποιείου Ζαμπάρτα θα συνοδεύσουν δημιουργικές γεύσεις της θάλασσας (θαλασσινά, οστρακοειδή και ψάρια) του ΑΙΓΑΙΟΝ Fish Bar.

Ο ιδιοκτήτης και οινοποιός Μάρκος Ζαμπάρτας θα είναι παρόν για να παρουσιάσει τα κρασιά του.

Που: ΑΙΓΑION Fish Bar
Έναρξη Δείπνου: 20.30
Τιμή: 55 ευρώ/άτομο
Για κρατήσεις: 22 253030

Το μενού της βραδιάς θα είναι διαθέσιμο σύντομα.

Winery closed on Green Monday

The winery will remain closed for visits on Monday the 2nd of March, as we will celebrate the start of the Greek Orthodox lent. We wish you all a lovely day with family, friends and a glass of wine!

The Zambartas Team

Successful Tree Planting Day

We would like to thank everybody that joined us on Sunday 16 February for a successful tree planting event. Together with residents of Agios Amvrosios, the Community Council an the Communal Police of Pachna, we planted over 100 trees around the village. We were very happy especially to see the excitement and involvement of a lot of children!

Job position: Host/Hostess

VACANT POSITION FOR HOST / HOSTESS AT ZAMBARTAS WINERY

Zambartas Winery, located in Agios Amvrosios village in Limassol district, would like to hire a host / hostess to join the hospitality team. The position is for part-time work and the starting date is 1st March 2020.

Duties:

Organisation and implementation of wine tasting sessions, winery tours and other events at the winery.

Wine sales to visitors.

Preparation of bites that accompany the wines.

Counting and replenishing stocks.

Qualifications:

Experience in customer service, preferably in the HORECA industry.

The ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Good knowledge of another language apart from English.

 

This position is for 4 working days (9.30Am-4.30Pm) a week, including one Saturday or Sunday. We offer a competitive salary and benefits, as well as fully sponsored participation in educational wine and sales seminars. There is the potential to develop and upgrade to full time.

 

Interested individuals are asked to send their CV to [email protected]

Community Tree Planting

On Sunday 16 February we will be co-organising a tree planting day in Agios Amvrosios.

Our community is in need for more trees, especially after the devastating fires of 2015 and 2018.  Bushes and plants have recovered or multiplied again without human interference. Large trees, such as olive and carob trees, have a hard time to recover and need more help.

Together with the Agios Amvrosios Community Council, the Pachna Communal Police and the Organised Communities of Cyprus, we will make an effort to plant trees and make our village green again.

We are looking for volunteers to help us out on the day! After the planting we welcome you for a glass of wine at our winery. If you are interested to help, please contact us by phone +357 25 94 24 24 or email: [email protected]

Day: Sunday 16 February*
Time: 10.30 AM
Meeting point: Agios Amvrosios Community Building at the centre of the village

* If weather conditions are very bad,  you will be notified  & the event will be postponed