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The Vouni Panayia Winery http://www.vounipanayiawinery.com tel. (00 357) 99453138, forms an excellent part of a day trip from Paphos into the hills.
Combine it with a visit to Panagia/Panayia, birthplace of Makarios, showing a traditional village house; or seek out the Chrissoroyatissa monastery and its local signposted walk.
Take the main road from Paphos to Polis and near Stroumpi, turn right towards Panagia. The newly developed visitor centre is on a bend on the right, not far before the town.
Rebuilt and extended sympathetically in local building materials, this family-run enterprise forms the wine-making hub for many of the small local growers. It is a working winery, showing real modern techniques but combining these with a historical wine-making information section. Visitors can walk the cellars among the half million bottles of wine, sample the produce and local food specialities, then dine in the restaurant with its spectacular views.
The winery is a labour of love by a local family who have had the foresight to develop an enterprise supporting the local economy, combining a traditional skill with modern science and striving towards 'green' credentials. The Kyriakides husband and wife manage the wine-making, produce many of the local delicacies and cook in the restaurant. The younger generation, meanwhile, are studying chemistry, wine-making and business, abroad - skills to bring home to continue and develop the family and local traditions.
And, of course, there is some excellent wine at very reasonable prices - a pretty good justification for a visit even on its own! However, even for those who do not wish to drink, the centre provides considerable interest, a warm and friendly atmosphere and a beautiful setting.
Much of the centre is wheelchair-friendly.
A must for every traveler Cypriot or foreigner, that wants to meet the real Cypriot countryside and have a taste of the local wine (with a bit of meze). Loved the hospitality of the owner, got to tour the winery, taste the wines and also leave with a couple of crates of his divine Mataro and Rose... Do not miss this experience.