The Cyprus Wine Museum

The Cyprus Wine Museum is located at the birthplace of the European Wine, Erimi village, with a wine history of more than 5500 years.

The wine museum is located at the most important historical and trade crossroad of the island: The road between the ancient town of Kourion and the Commandaria Castle (Kolossi Castle) known as Knights’ Street and the road that leads to the wine villages of Limassol.

It features a unique thematic exhibition and in collaboration with the Cyprus Museum presents a collection of archaeological findings and exhibits. It provides visitors a unique journey and informs on the production, storage, use and trade of wine since antiquity. It also outlines the importance of the vine, grape and wine in the arts.

Throughout the year lectures, wine tasting sessions, performances and concerts are organized. Also, different educational programs aimed at school groups of all levels are applied.

It displays the indigenous to Cyprus grape varieties, as well as the history of one of the oldest and unique wines that are still produced in the world, Commandaria.

In the “St Hilarion” hall visitors have the opportunity to wine taste the museum line of products, which includes among other the unique wine varieties of Cyprus, as Xinisteri and Maratheftiko, the exclusive dessert wine ‘Commandaria Orchestra’ of various vintages and the selective Zivania grape spirit trilogy.

In the beautiful stone courtyards of the museum wine tastings, private dinners, weddings, concerts and other events and functions are organized all year round.

‘Commandaria Orchestra’ is the orchestra of the Cyprus Wine Museum which aims to spread thematic musical projects directly or indirectly related to the culture of Cyprus from antiquity to the present day.

The name of the orchestra is derived not only from the universally unique and most ancient sweet wine of Cyprus, to which references are made by Hesiod and Homer, but also from the location of the Wine Museum, which is found at the historic administrative centre of the Great Commandaria (Kolossi Castle). Finally, the word ‘orchestra’ has its roots in the word ‘orchos’ which in the Homeric years meant row of vines from which the members of the ‘orchistes’ (group of dancers / musicians) got their name who offered their worship in the vines to God Dionysus.

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Cyprus Wine Museum:

  • Tel: +357 25873808/9 Fax: +357 25821718
  • Email: cypruswinemuseum@cytanet.com.cy
  • Website: www.cypruswinemuseum.com
  • Opening hours: Daily 9:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance Fee: General entrance for adults €4.00. Various wine tasting packages are offered for individuals and organized groups.
  • The operating hours and the entrance fee are subject to change without notice. It would be best that guests confirmed before their visit.
  • It is accessible to people with disabilities
  • Within the venues visitors can visit the Museum shop and Wine-Cafe

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