Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

We are delighted to see that our wines performed well again in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards! We are especially excited that our Shiraz-Lefkada 2013 received 91 points; the patience to age this wine a bit longer in our cellar was rewarded.

Our 2017 competition results are as follows:

Shiraz- Lefkada 2013 – Silver – 91 Points

Xynisteri 2016 – Bronze – 88 Points

Rose 2016 – Bronze – 87 Points

Maratheftiko 2015 – Bronze – 86 Points

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Summer Salad with Dades and Almonds paired with Zambartas Rose

I discovered this salad a few years ago in one of my favorite cooking books* and it quickly became a ‘regular’ on the Zambartas’ family table.  It is a perfect side dish or starter for a bbq party, but also delicious on its own for a light summer lunch or dinner wit a glass of Rose.  The mix of dades and almonds, which give the salad a sweet note, is perfectly balanced by the vinegard and lemon.

The great thing is that all ingredients are readily available in Cyprus, as they are essentials in the local cuisine!


  • 1 tbspoon of white vinegar
  • half midsize red onion, thinly sliced
  • 100gr dades, pits removed, cut in quarters in the length
  • 30 gr butter
  • 2 tbspoons olive oil
  • 2 small pita breads, appr. 100gr, torn apart in pieces of 4 cm
  • 75gr whole unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 tspoons of Sumak
  • 0.5 tspoon  dried chili flakes
  • 150 gr young fresh spinach, washed
  • 2 tbspoons lemon juice
  • salt

Put the vinegar, onion, and dates in a small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and mix well with your hands. Leave to marinate for 20 minutes, then drain away any residual vinegar and discard.

Meanwhile, heat the butter and half of the olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the pita and almonds and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring all of the time, until the pita is crunchy and golden brown. Remove from the heat and mix in the sumac, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside to cool.

When you are ready to serve, toss the spinach leaves with the pita mix in a large mixing bowl. Add the dates and red onion, the remaining olive oil, the lemon juice, and another pinch of salt. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately.

Enjoy it with a glass of Zambartas Rose!

From: ‘Jerusalem’- Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi ISBN:978-0091943745


Open Cellar Doors Saturday& Sunday 20-21 May

On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May we open our doors from 11.00 AM until 5.00 PM.

We welcome you to visit our winery and experience Cyprus’ wine culture. Get a tour around the winery, taste our full arnge of wines and meet Marcos and Marleen; who will be happy to explain you all about their wines!

We hope to see you!

The Open Doors weekend is co-hosted by: Argyrides Winery, Tsiakkas Winery, Vlassides Winery, Santa Irene Winery, Kyperounta Winery and Aes Ambelis Winery.

2 Medals at Cyprus Wine Competition 2017

We received 2 silver medals at the 10th Cyprus Wine Competition, held from 3-5 May in Paphos. Over 140 samples of Cyprus’ wines were tasted by an international jury panel. Our Shiraz-Lafkada 2015 and our Xynisteri 2016 both received a silver medal.

Marcos and Christodoulos receive the awards from Mr. Hadjipavlu

Schweizer Illustrierte – ‘Zypern Trend und Tradition’

We were included in a travel story published by well known Swiss Newspaper ‘Schweizer Illustrierte’  together with TUI Travel group.

A lovely article showing Cyprus’ true nature and tradition as well as its modern vibe!

PDF in German:Schweisser Illustrierte & TUI – Travel story

Jancis Robinson – ‘The Cyprus Wine Revolution’

Jancis Robinson – ‘The Cyprus Wine Revolution’

Article with tasting notes and rates by Jancis Robinson, including our wines, following a tasting in London.

Access in PDF here:Jancis Robinson Tasting London

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Cyprus’s Vineyard Treasure Trove – Jancis

Cyprus’s Vineyard Treasure Trove – by Dr. Jose Vouillamoz

A very interesting article by Dr. Jose Vouillamoz (co- author of Wine Grapes) on a recent visit to Cyprus about indigenous varieties, where Marcos invited him to see our ‘Margelina’ vineyard from 1921.

The article can be accessed online at:

Or read the full article here in PDF: jancis robinson

Marcos and Dr. Jose Vouillamoz in Margelina Vineyard