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A full house of guests enjoyed a very unique folk arts program dedicated to the wines of Cyprus at the Cyprus House in Manhattan, presented by CYPRECO of America, Inc. The event, which was co-hosted with the Cyprus Embassy Trade Center in New York, was offered with free admission as part of the organization’s ongoing mission of promoting different aspects of the rich heritage, folklore and history of Cyprus to wide audiences.
Under the title, “The Roots of the Cyprus Wine”, the event explored and highlighted the rich viticulture of Cyprus through a screening of an original mini-documentary and special remarks by Guest Speaker, Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an acclaimed publication that provides ratings and reviews for wines from around the world.
The event was greeted by CYPRECO’s President Elena Maroulleti who was also the Executive Producer of the program, the Cyprus Trade Commissioner in New York Hon. Aristos Constantine and the Consul General of Cyprus, Ambassador Vasilis Philippou.
The short film which truly enthused all in attendance revived the centuries-old history and tradition of wine making in Cyprus with special emphasis to the Cypriot wine maker and to his ties to earth, vine and wine. Furthermore, it showcased all of the main areas in Cyprus such as Paphos, Limassol, Troodos among others involved in cultivating vines and producing wine. Enhanced with unique footage, the film also highlighted and explained the traditional methods, process and secrets of planting the various varieties of vines including the indigenous varieties “Xynisteri”, “Vamvakada” , harvesting the grapes and finally the process of producing the different Cypriot wines including the renowned and award winning Commandaria wine, the oldest named wine in the world. The film also emphasized the unique character of the Cyprus wine, the cultivation and production of which has been on passed from generation to generation over the centuries and which is very closely connected to the history and culture of the people of Cyprus.
Guest Speaker, Susan Kostrzewa shared her expert opinion on the quality and uniqueness of the Cypriot wines noting that her visit to Cyprus which was organized by the Cyprus Trade Center helped her appreciate the depth and diversity of Cyprus’s cultivation and production of exquisite wines. “Foreigners need to further discover that Cyprus is not only a tourist destination but also an important place that produces fine wine” she further stressed.
In his remarks, The Trade Commissioner, Mr. Aristos Constantine elaborated on the developments in the modern wine industry of Cyprus which continues to produce outstanding wines and urged the audience to share in the island’s rich wine culture by trying the Cyprus wines available here in the USA.