It represents an ancient wine style documented in Cyprus back to 800 BC and has the distinction of being the world’s oldest named wine still in production, with the name Commandaria dating back to the crusades in the 12th century.
Commandaria is a unique wine produced from some of the oldest grape varieties in the world. Commandaria is vinified from Cyprus ancient and indigenous grape varieties Mavro and Xynisteri coming from the denominated area of Commandaria on the eastern slopes of Troodos mountains making it an “Appellation of origin” wine. Only these fourteen villages have the privilege to produce this unique wine. The grapes grow in volcanic soils, poor and thin, thus producing a low yield but of high quality. After the overripe grapes are harvested, they are left to dry in the sun until the water evaporates and the sugar is concentrated inside the berries. The grapes are then pressed and the resultant syrup like juice is left to ferment naturally in traditional wooden vats.