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The production of Commandaria involves a meticulous process of sun-drying the grapes on straw mats before pressing and fermenting the juice. This method concentrates the sugars, resulting in a sweet and aromatic wine. Commandaria is known for its rich taste and deep amber color, and it has earned the status of a protected designation of origin (PDO) under European Union law.

During the Ottoman period, alcohol production in Cyprus was restricted, and many vineyards were destroyed. However, after Cyprus became a British colony in 1878, the wine industry was revived. The British introduced modern winemaking techniques and helped to establish Cyprus as a major wine producer.

Modern Trends:

Wine Renaissance:

Cyprus has experienced a renaissance in its wine industry, with winemakers focusing on producing high-quality wines that appeal to both local and international markets. In addition to traditional spirits, Cyprus has seen a rise in the production of craft spirits, showcasing innovation and diversity in the island’s liquor scene.

Today, Cyprus is known for its high-quality wines, spirits, deserts and cocktails. In addition to Zivania and Commandaria, the island produces a variety of other wines, including reds, whites, and rosés. Many wineries offer tours and tastings, giving visitors a chance to sample the different varieties and learn about the history of winemaking in Cyprus.

Both Zivania and Commandaria reflect the Cypriot people’s deep connection to their land, traditions, and history. These liquors have stood the test of time and continue to be cherished by locals and visitors alike as an integral part of Cypriot culture and heritage.