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Cyprus toasts harvest of the ‘wine of gods’

    20 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Cyprus toasts harvest of the ‘wine of gods’

DOROS: In one of Europe’s oldest wine-making regions, the fields are blushed with deep red, purple and gold as the harvest of the “wine of gods” gets underway in Cyprus, reports AFP.

“My heart is beating at every moment because there is a high risk,” said Filippos Karseras, at his winery in the southern Limassol region of the Mediterranean island. Anxiously, he and his father, Panayotis, scour the blue skies daily, hoping for strong sun to dry thousands of bunches of grapes neatly laid out in straight lines in their fields in Doros village,  where they produce sweet Commandaria wine.

Only 14 villages are authorised to produce Commandaria each September—a wine which may once have been enjoyed by England’s Richard the Lionheart who used Cyprus as a staging post during the Crusades.

Red Mavro and white Xynisteri grapes are left to dry for 10 days, and any rain would mean the “destruction” of the harvest, Karseras said, surveying his fields also surrounded by olive, fig and almond trees.