Tourism Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis officially opened the Wine Festival to the public on Thursday evening, at the Limassol municipal gardens which runs until September 4.
The Festival he said, “promotes the great variety of eclectic Cypriot wines to thousands of local and foreign visitors, substantially enhancing the effort of Cypriot viticulturists and winemakers which is also supported in practical terms by the state.”
The ministry he said was implementing a national and European co-funded subsidy schemes making the most of its cooperation with embassies, international organisations and trade centres both at home and abroad.
Lakkotrypis said that in In the last three years, 15 businesses had received grants of the order of €3.2 million, while another €5 million in grants has been approved. Proposed investments in the sector as a result from the investment in the wine-making industry action plan will come to a total of €21.3 million, he said.
Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou said that the Wine Festival would remain a tribute to wine, an ancient product of Cyprus, adding that the festival pays due respect to the island`s viticulture tradition, promotes Cypriot wineries and has been established as a popular festivity for many years.
During the opening ceremony an award was given to a Polish journalist who has been attending the Festival for 25 consecutive years.