Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis referred to the efforts of the Cyprus wine industry to restore the reputation of the island internationally while speaking on Saturday night at the prize giving ceremony bringing to an end the 12th Cyprus Wine Competition.
To this end, he said €23 million will be made available through the National Viticulture Support Programme for the period 2019-2023.
“I would say, once again, it is the duty of the state to support every effort to further strengthen the wine sector and the local character developed by the wines of Cyprus in recent years on the basis of our country’s terroir. A terroir with historic vineyards, free from phylloxera, with unique native varieties, and with Commandaria as the flagship of Cypriot wine production,” he said.
A total of 36 wineries and 194 wines had taken part in this year’s competition, which kicked off on Tuesday. This is the largest number to have taken part in the event.
The competition, he said, is a landmark for the Cyprus wine sector, since it shows the uniqueness of Cyprus wines of Cyprus.
Respect for the island’s sector was demonstrated by the fact the International Organisation of Vine and Wine’s president Regina Vanderlinde was at the event and acted as head of the judhing committee.
A total of 5 Grand gold, 60 gold and 5 special mentions were handed out to the wines of Cyprus, reflecting the upward growth of the industry.