Santa Irene winery has around 200 hectares or privately-owned vineyards, located at an altitude of up to 1,350 meters. In these traditional vineyards, the local ‘Mavro ampelisimo’ grape variety dominates, while the local Xynisteri variety is found in smaller plots.
The main objectives of the winery is to investigate and revive the neglected and undervalued traditional Cypriot variety, Mavro Ampelisimo as well as to regenerate and preserve the traditional vineyards of the Farmakas area, which measure centuries of life and are part of the cultural heritage of Cyprus.
The vineyards have aged well over 120 years along the steep slopes of the mountainous Pitsilia. The unique combination of aged vines at high altitudes on soil rich in minerals together with traditional wine making and vineyard growing techniques result in quality wines of distinctive character and complexity
We have realised the strength and value in this incredible and unique grape variety and have 5 labels from Mavro ambelisimo variety: Protari, Laxia and Late Harvest (a newer edition, produced from our overripe grapes), Theoni (Rosé) and Daniel (Blanc de noir), the only white wine produced in Cyprus from the Red ‘mavro ampelisimo’ grapes.
3 labels from Xynisteri: Vounoplagia, Vounoplagia Private collection and Sunshine (Sweet wine nectar from Xynisteri, also new)
We also have 2 other grape varieties made in our winery: Shiraz and Malaga (Moschato Alexandrias or Muscat)
Our wines have been awarded in Local and International Wine competitions (over 30 awards to date) some of which have taken place in Vienna, Thessaloniki, London and China.
At Santa Irene Winery tradition and scientific knowledge are used both in the vineyard and in the wine making process, experience is shared amongst our winegrowers, winemakers and distillers of the region. The age, high altitude, slope and soil composition as well as constant experimentation within our vineyard result in the wonderful wines produced at Santa Irene Winery.