Drink and be merry
A total of 18 wineries will take part in this year’s wine festival, including the big Four ETKO, KEO, LOEL and SODAP, supported by 14 boutique wineries located in the Limassol and Paphos hillsides: Aes Ambelis Winery, Ayia Mavri Winery, Costas N.Eremoudes, Hadjiantonas Winery, Ktima Christoudia, Kyperounda Winery, Makkas Winery, N. Ignatiou & Sons Kalamos Winery, Nelion Winery, The Anama Concept, Tsiakkas Winery, Vlasides Winery, Vouni Panayia Winery and Zambartas Wineries.
The format is to buy a glass or a bottle and fill it with a taster from each of the wineries’ most popular wines. As an added bonus, a free bottle of wine from your choice of the big Four also comes with your ticket price of just 6 euros. But although the wine is of course the main draw, there are so many other events going on over the 11 days, you will be able to enjoy something new every evening.
Song and dance
Opening on Thursday at 8pm, the Festival starts off with a bang with music from the Limassol Municipal Brass Band, the Ariones Choir and dance group Dionysos alongside inauguration speeches from the Mayor of Limassol and Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis.
The week’s events then spill out to the Garden Theatre, the Vraka Man statue area and the Tennis Court, presenting wine and rebetika songs, traditional Cyprus, Crete and Greek dance, and comedy, magic and theatre shows all from groups such as SKALA, the Cypriot Sign Language Club, Anatropes Theatre group and the Alexandra Dance Workshop amongst the 20 ensembles performing. And on the weekends for children, are 3 different comedic shadow puppet theatres. Of course, like every event to do with music and dance, the audience are encouraged to join in, learn new steps and enjoy the culture of Cypriot entertainment.
The Wine Festival does not stop in the Municipal Gardens but rather spreads its message of mirth and merriment throughout the district. For art lovers, there is a painting and photographic exhibition themed on the ‘Vineyard and the Wine’ starting on 27 August at the Panos Solomonides Cultural Centre; for petrol-heads there is a parade of vintage cars from Lepal Classic Car Club driving through the Limassol town streets on 30 August; and for culture vultures there is the Erimi Wine Museum where 500 years of wine-making is told through authentic exhibits and lots of tasting!
The whole Festival is dedicated to wine and Cypriot culture where temporary restaurants set in the Gardens serve copious amounts of souvla, visitors can tread grapes in massive barrels and, as the evening progresses and the wine flows, the dancing gains momentum and the Festival becomes one huge party! As one of the main events of the Limassol calendar it is truly irresistible.
Limassol Wine Festival opens every evening from 7pm to 11pm at the Municipal Gardens. Adults: 6 euros, Teenagers (13-18 years old): 5 euros, children 12 and under: 4 euros. Ask at Londa Reception to book a taxi, and for the full programme click here.