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DOMAINE VLASIDES



Contact Details:

Kilani 4776, Limassol,

Tel: +357 99441574

Fax: +357 25320513

Contact: Mr. Sophocles Vlassides, Oenologist-owner

E-Mail: sophandl@spidernet.com.cy

DOMAINE VLASIDES




The winery

It is one of the four wineries that operate at Kilani, a village in the heart of the wine†region "Krasohoria", located†around 40 km from Limassol.† The winery begun operation in 1986 but Sophocles Vlasides joined the business later following his studies in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College (London) and Oenology at the well-known Davis University of California. Well known Cypriot wine author, Yiannos Constantinou notes the following for the wine maker Vlasides,

'Sophocles Vlassides's participation in the winemaking activities of Cyprus admittedly constitutes an asset for the island for a number of reasons. For one, Mr Vlassides was, and to this day continues to be, the only qualified oenologist in Cyprus who dared to set up his own winery admittedly small but undisputedly one of the top wineries. Also, his involvement in Cypriot winemaking gave a fresh impetus to the island's till recently numb and stagnated winemaking sector, along with a new understanding of things, and created new, till then unknown, trends such as the use of oak casks for ageing red wines - a practice that he was the first to implement among the small regional wineries. He has clear ideas about winemaking, his orientation is obviously towards red wines, and his winery is well-known for its full-bodied reds - especially the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon - which are made from grapes of high alcohol potential, with long extractions, frequent racking, meticulous maturing in 300-litre casks from French oak and a few months' ageing in the bottle, before they are circulated on the market.† The Vlassides winery has initiated a new style of wine that has similarities to those of the New World, where emphasis is laid on intensity of colour, compact intense aromas and a full, well-structured tannic taste with a slight prominence of acidity, which is characteristic of almost all of Cyprus's red wines.'

The winery is housed in a traditional building in the center of Kilani village with an estimated annual production of about 25,000 bottles. A plan that existed for some time now is about to materialize as a new modern winery is being built on a piece of land by the Koilani-Vouni road.† It is expected to be ready in 2009 and have a capacity of up to 100,000 bottles, and facilities for wine tasting and other related functions.†

Vineyards

Most of the wines are made from grapes that are grown at the winery's own vineyards, situated very close to the winery. These vineyeards have†been continously expanding †with new plantings for†the last 30 years.

Wines

Domaine Vlassides focuses on the productions of red wines from varieties suitable for maturing in oak barrels. Such varieties include the highly valued Shiraz, Cabernet Suavignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Two indigenous varieties have also been recently tried in producing a white wine from Xynisteri and a red one from a blend of Cypriot Lefkada, Grenache and Cabernet Franc. The top label is the Vlasides Shiraz that shows†remarkable aroma and flavour potentials for all the years in production. The winery's Cabernet Sauvignon is another top label with its 2003 and 2004†rated high by wine experts.

Marketing

The company distributes its wines through a subsidiary company to a number of restaurants and wine shops and carries out limited exports to Switzerland.

Prizes

3rd Cyprus Wine Competition 2008

Grand Gold medal for Shiraz 2006

Cyprus Wine Competition (2007)

Gold medal for its Cabernet Sauvignon of 2003

Silver for its Cabernet Sauvignon of 2004

International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki (2006)

Silver for its Shiraz of 2003

Cyprus Wine Competition (2006)

Silver for its Shiraz of 2004, and its Cabernet Sauvignon 2002.

International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki (2005)

Gold for its Shiraz of 2003 and Silver for its Cabernet Sauvignon of 2001

International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki (2004)

Grand Gold for its† Cabernet Sauvignon of 2000

Visiting the winery

By appointment only



  

Products

Cabernet Sauvignon

Red Wine

Shiraz




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DOMAINE VLASIDES


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