New Release – Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016

A winemaker always seeks to make wine that expresses his skills and philosophy. This is however always guided by what nature provides us. The vineyard is the essence and is at the hands of sometimes capricious weather patterns. Small climatic changes or unexpected weather expressions influence the vines and their crop. This can be disastrous or provide unique opportunities!

In 2016 our Shiraz vineyard was hit by hail early in the growing season and 40% of the grape production was destroyed. The remaining grapes benefited and turned out to be the best grapes that I witnessed in my life as a winemaker in Cyprus. The decision to make a Single Vineyard varietal Shiraz was taken very quickly. Something unique could come out of this unexpected cloud burst and it was well worth exploring!

The quality of the harvested grapes allowed for long maceration and aging in 100% new oak barrels, 1 French and 1 American.  Only 694 bottles were produced and I believe is the best wine I have made so far.

For sale only at our winery, in limited stock.
Eur 25,- per bottle.

 

Technical Notes

Grape varieties: 100 % Shiraz
Grape Origin: Pachna, Krasochoria Lemesou
Classification: P.G.I. Limassol
Vineyard: Chalky soils at an altitude of 650-750m above sea level, Non-irrigated bush vines on the Southern slopes of Troodos mountains.

Vinification: In 2016 our Shiraz vineyard was hit by hail early in the growing season and 40% of grape production per vine was destroyed. The remaining grapes were the best quality grapes witnessed in the life of our winemaker. The quality of the grapes allowed for long maceration and aging in 100% new oak barrels 1 French and 1 American.

Tasting notes: Very concentrated purple colour. Intense aroma of black fruit, sweet spice and butter on toast. Full body on the palate with rich flavour and lasting aftertaste.

General characteristics: Intense colour, aromatic, full-bodied, aging potential of 20 years.

Open Doors 11&12 May

Open Doors!

On the 11th-12th of May, we will be hosting the annual Open Doors Weekend ‘Spring Version’ again!

Together with 5 other local wineries, we encourage you to take a trip into the hills and discover the magical world of Cypriot wine.  You will have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of their premises for free, discover the process of wine making, see the vineyards in person and taste high quality Cypriot wine.

We co-host this event togther with Vlassides, Tsiakkas, Argyrides and Kyperounta Wineries.

By visiting three out of five participating wineries you are eligible to enter a draw to win 5 bottles of old vintages, one from each winery. Ask at the first winery that you visit for a participation ticket.

At our winery you will be welcomed by Marcos Zambartas and our hospitality team, who will show you the winery and offer you our best wines for tasting, along with delicious home made canapees. We will open magnum bottles of older vintages and have a few special wines for sale over the weekend.

Saturday 11 May 11.00-17.00H
Sunday 12 May 11.00-17.00H

See you!

Zambartas Dinner at Hillview Pissouri

A wine & dine experience with Zambartas Wines

Tis event has S O L D  O U T! Thank you all for you enthusiasm, we look forward to meet our 50 guests on the 15th!

 

We are very honoured to be the first winery presented in a new Wine & Dine concept at Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri. On May 15, the chef of Hillview Restaurant will present a fantastic 4 course menu, each course matched with our wines.

It promises to be a great gastronomic experience while overlooking the sunest over the gorgeous Pissouri Bay.

Marcos Zambartas will be present to talk about the wines and Maria Th. Massoura, wine specialist at Vassos Eliades Ltd will guide us through food and wine pairing.

We hope to see you there!

 

Please see the MENU PDF.

4 course meal, 45, – Eur p.p.

Limited Availability. Please call the restaurant at 25221972 to book and state your preferred main course.

Easter Break!

On behalf of the Zambartas family and our winery team, we wish you all a very happy and joyful Easter!

After a busy spring, we will all take a short break to recharge and relax.

Therefore the winery will be CLOSED for visits from:

Saturday 27 April to Wednesday 1 May (Inclusive).

 

We welcome you again from the 2nd of May onwards!

 

Cyprus Wine Tastings in Famagusta and Nicosia

Within the scope of the annual Cyprus Wine Competiton, held in April this year, the ‘Oinophiles’ Associations of Nicosia and Famagusta have organised extensive wine tasting events in both cities for the wider public.

Famagusta ‘A Cyprus Wine Expo’
A wine expo where each winery will have a booth and offer their wines for tasting. There will be some cheeses & charcuterie offered.
When: Saturday 30 March
Where: Agia Napa Adams Hotel
Time: 17.00 – 22.00 H

Nicosia  ‘Wine Flavours of Cyprus’
An open air wine  expo where each winery will have a booth and offer their wines for tasting. Accompanied by live music. 
When: Saturday 5 April
Where: Nicosia Old Town Hall – next to Eleftherias Square
Time: 18.00 – 22.00 H

Our winery will be present and we hope to see you there!

New Opening Hours and Experiences

The 2019 season for visits and tastings has started now that Spring is in the air!

We are happy to announce that we are open 7 days per week:

Monday- Friday    10.00 – 16.00 H

Saturday- Sunday 10.00 – 16.30 H

We have upgraded our tour and tasting options and invite you to have a look: ‘Experiences’ PDF 

For bookings, please call +357 25 94 24 24 or email: visit@zambartaswineries.com

 

We hope to see you soon!

The hospitality team,

Adriana, Natalia and Marleen

 

It takes a village… to run a winery!

It takes a village….

Growing up in a small village of less than 800 people, I can say that a lot of the preconceptions about village life are actually true. It is quiet, it can be boring, there is village gossip (a lot of it!), it is a closed community, there is a level of jealousy. But there is also a real sense of community, there is safety, people still greet each other on the road, stress gets blown away by a fresh breeze, and the smell of flowers fills up the air in spring.

I would have never expected to end up again in a village 8 years after leaving my own village in Holland. At first, I was a bit wary of my return to village life, especially knowing that I was not only an outsider to the village, but also a foreigner. Marcos and Akis settled in Agios Amvrosios, with no tie to it, except for it to be one of the classic Wine Villages of Limassol. Being Nicosians, the village dynamics were maybe even more foreign to them, than they were to me.

Another 10 years fast forward, not only have we become ‘locals’ in Agios Amvrosios, but the winery is generously supported by the help and hard work of so many locals. Over the years as we slowly got to know the village, its dynamics and its people, we grew closer as persons and as a business. Four out of eleven of our winery’s team members were born and raised in Agios Amvrosios, and all of our own vineyards are harvested every year by the experienced hands of Agios Amvrosios’ families.

There is Mr. Yiannis, who offers us water from his well to irrigate our young Lefkada vineyard. There is Mrs. ‘Ellou’, 71 years old, who all her life, every year, harvested grapes. She now does it for us, with a speed and care, we would not change with a mechanical harvester. There is Dimitra, who provides us the latest village gossip and has a fast hand in bottling wine.

Our own team members, Stavros and Kyriakos, father and son, working hard everyday to make sure our vineyards are pruned and healthy. Leonidas, working with persistence, even in the hottest days of the year. Rafaella, whom we know since 2011 when she was 16 and came to sort grapes in her school holidays, now keeps our winery clean and tidy for our visitors.

But there is more. There is a sense of feeling included in the community. We get delivered freshly baked Flaounes before Easter by the Leonidou family. We provide grape juice and in return Mrs. Koulla brings us ‘palouze’, still warm and fragrant. Mail gets delivered to us, even if the address is completely wrong, because the mailman knows us. Figs, courgettes, eggs or watermelons come our way, fresh and from the village, depending on the season.

Zambartas wines are not only a product or our passion, they are a product of the environment they are made in. That environment is friendly, generous and has a sense of ‘care’.

We just had to scratch off the thin layer of initial suspicion that we found 10 years ago. We had to invest in getting to know the families. What we got in return, is a beautiful synergy between our winery and Agios Amvrosios.

Today, we are proud to have given back to the village its pride in being a ‘Wine Village’.

Open on the upcoming public holidays!

The winery will be open during the 2 upcoming public holidays on Monday 25 March and Monday 1 April. We welcome you for a tour and tasting from 10.00h-16.30h.

We hope to see you!

Christmas Season Opening Hours

During the period of the Christmas Holidays the winery’s opening hours for visits are as follows:

Sat – Sunday 22-23 Dec Closed
Monday 24 Dec Open (10.00am – 4.00pm)
Tues-Wednesday 25-26 Dec Closed
Thurs-Friday 27-28 Dec Open (10.00am – 4.00pm)
Sat- Sunday 29-30 Dec Closed
Monday 31 Dec Open (10.00am – 4.00pm)
Tuesday 1 Jan Closed
Wed-Friday 2-3-4 Jan Open (10.00am – 4.00pm)
Sat-Sunday 5-6 Jan Closed
Monday 7 Jan onwards Open normally again during weekdays from 10.00 am to 4.00pm

 

We wish you a lovely holiday period! Cheers!

‘We must strive to be young as a Beaujolais and grow old like a Burgundy.’

This year our vintage team was joined by Morphee Besseau, 2nd year student of Enology & Marketing at Bordeaux University and Jade Godmuse, student of food technology and applicant at SupAgro Montpellier.  Two hard working, focussed, but also fun and social French girls. Let’s meet them!

So ladies, let’s introduce you first! Where & how did you grow up?

Jade I grew up in the western suburb of Paris, close to Versailles. I have one younger brother and since high school I studied far from my home. I had the chance to travel a lot with my family when I was younger, and now, and I love that!

Morphee I’m from the Atlantic coast, I grew up at 20 minutes from the beach and the sea. I’m from a little village in the Vendée which is in located at one hour from Nantes. I grew up between one lovely older brother and my twin sister.  I’ve been also lucky because my neighbours were my grandparents, so I could see them every week as my uncle/aunt. After high school I went to Rennes for my study; I stayed there for 5 years. My current studies drove me to Bordeaux. I am really happy to be there, I fell in love with the city!

How did your interest in wine develop?

Jade My interest came from my interest in food actually! I love cooking. Then, I learnt how to appreciate wine during family dinners, as well as how to pair our meal with wine. Nowadays, I like drinking wine with friends and having good time around a good dinner.

Morphee It was more or less a coincidence. I’m not from the wine world; I didn’t inherit that from my education. I had to do an agricultural internship during my first studies and I chose to do it in the winery “J. MOURAT” which is a famous winery in my region. They generously shared with me their knowledge, their passion, mostly their ‘’love of wine’’. They made me realise that the winemaking process requires scientific and artistic intuition. I understood at the end of this first internship that I want to work in the wine world.

What is your favourite food & wine combination?

Jade Foie gras with sweet white wine, defenitely!

Morphee I appreciate to mix sugar and salt, acid and sweet…. So, as a French girl, one of my favourites is also ‘’foie gras’’ with a Gewurztraminer late harvest or a Chenin late harvest from AOC Fief Vendéen. You can also combine this sweet wine with a ‘’canard à l’orange’’ (duck cooked with orange), well-cooked it is fabulous.

What was your first impression of Cyprus vineyards and wines?

Jade My first impressions were that the vineyards look pretty wild if you compare to France, you don’t always have straight lines, you have to take a little mountain path to get there. One more thing, the shape of the very old vine was so impressive. I was also impressed with all the indigenous Cypriot varieties used for winemaking, and how good they are. My favorite one is the Maratheftiko!

Morphee I’m from the west coast and I study in Bordeaux so I’m used to see huge vineyards, some hectares for one plot where all the vines are under trellising system. When I arrived, I was really surprised by this aspect of the vineyards: small plots, spread vineyards, bush vines, no trellising systems etc.  I was happy to see new and different viticulture management.

I was really excited to discover all the local varieties and visit a few wineries. Unfortunately, I would need more time see them all. If I should put forward one thing which surprised me most, I think it’s the rosé colour:  I am used to drink the light rosé from Provence, I remember having been surprised by the deep colour of the Cyprus rosés.

What did you learn during your stay in Cyprus?

Jade As it was my first experience in the wine industry, I could say that I learned everything that I know in the vineyards and about winemaking, here in Cyprus!

Morphee I completed only one harvest internship when I arrived in Cyprus, so my experience was limited. I only did red vinification in my previous internship.  So now, everything that I know in practice in rosé and white vinification comes from Zambartas winery.  I cannot do a listing of all the stuff that I learnt because it’s too much, but in conclusion I learnt here the tools to produce a quality wine with scientific rigor.

And about the life in Cyprus, I’ve been really happy to learn about the history of this island; The island’s culture is so rich! This country deserves to be known and not only for his coast and beaches.

What was you must fun moment in Cyprus?

Jade I can’t describe only one moment because we had a lot! But for me it was generally every vineyard trip with Cristodoulos and Morphée. You can’t imagine how much bullying we did to each other in the Mitsubishi!

Morphee I had a lot of fun moments in Cyprus, during my trips discovering the country, with the people that I met on the way and so much at work. I have been lucky to do my internship in a fun team. Some of the best moments where when I went in the vineyards with Christodoulos and Jade; he called us the ‘French Forces’!!

Last, but not least; tell us your favourite wine related expression!

Jade Il faut s’efforcer d’être jeune comme un beaujolais et de vieillir comme un Bourgogne.’ – (‘We must strive to be young as a Beaujolais and grow old like a Burgundy.’)

Morphee I don’t know any wine expression, but one that I love is: “Le bon vivant n’est pas celui qui mange beaucoup, mais celui qui goûte avec bonheur à toutes les formes de la vie.” – (“The bon vivant is not the one who eats a lot, but the one who happily tastes all forms of life.”)

 

Ladies, thank you again for your hard work and good luck with your career in wine!