1% for the Planet – Donating back to Nature

Late 2019 we decided to follow a new direction for our winery. Being urgently aware that nature everywhere is under great pressure, we decided that we want to take action. We came across ‘1% for the Planet’  and immediately got inspired by the philosophy.

1% for the Planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. The mission is to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. It was founded in 2002 by well known American business man Yvon Chouinard (Founder of clothing brand Patagonia).

Within our membership we will be working closely with two local environmental orgainisations, BirdLife Cyprus and Terra Cypria. Both are well established in Cyprus and have an excellent record of on the ground projects as well as influencing evironmental policies on a national level. Besides monetary donations, we will be setting up various educational and preservation projects together with them.

We feel that the timing of our announcement could not be more urgent. For over 2 months there have been terrible fires raging across Australia and we are devastated to see this ecological and environmental disaster unfold. For those of you who know us better, you are probably aware that Marcos spend almost 2 years in Australia for his masters degree in Enology and Marleen and Marcos met there. Australia has a special place in our heart and we feel very sad about what is going on.

Numerous wineries in the Adelaide Hills have been terribly affected and this brings back our own memory of just escaping an enormous wild fire surrounding Agios Amvrosios in September 2015. We were extremely lucky to escape the fire, but the valley around the winery got completely destroyed. The fear of losing our winery, the smell,  the dark night lit up by slowly burning olive  and almond trees around us, the ashes falling from the sky, the caughing that lasted for weeks; images and memories that will never leave us.

A stark reminder that we must take action now to protect our planet, and we have committed to do so.

We look forward to work together with Bird life Cyprus and Terra Cypria and embark on projects making a small, but positive impact.

Marcos & Marleen

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Open Doors Event – A Flavored Composition of the Wine

On 23 & 24 November and 30 November & 1 December, we will be hosting our annual open doors event again!

Along with Vlassides, Argyrides, Tsiakkas and Kyperounta wineries, we invite you for a road trip to discover the flavored composition of wine. Each winery will open their doors from 11.00h to 17.00h and welcome you for tours, tastings  and more!

This year the theme of the event will focus on the different aromatic components of a wine. There will be a competition hosted, in which the participants will smell blindly some aromatic components of a wine. Each winery will focus on a different set of aroma’s. We encourage you to visit all the wineries, smell, & participate in the competition. A chance to learn and win a great bottle of wine or two!

We hope to see you!

Dates
Saturday 23 November & Sunday 24 November

Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December

Time 11.00-17.00h

Winery Autumn- Winter Opening Hours

From 1 November until 31 March* the winery will be open for visits and tastings during the following days & hours:

Monday – Friday 10.00-16.00H

Saturday 10.00-16.30H

Sunday CLOSED

 

*During the Christmas Season, we will be closed on the following days:

Sunday 22 Dec
Tuesday 24 Dec -Thursday 26 Dec
Sunday 29 Dec – Wednesday 1 Jan
Sunday 5 Jan- Monday 6 Jan

We are open on 1st and 28th October

The winery will remain open for visits normally during the two upcoming public holidays in October.

Working hours:

Tuesday 1 October: 10.00 – 16.00 H

Monday 28 October: 10.00 – 16.00 H

We look forward to seeing you!

The hospitality team

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!