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Agros at a glance

Recognised for its gastronomy, the Pitsilia region’s verdant slopes are planted with vines and fruit trees – almonds, hazels, walnuts, apples, pears and cherries. The produce is rich and flavoursome so stop for rosewater, sausages, lountza (smoked pork), sweets, jams, liqueurs and bread.

The vineyards of Pitsilia are in a cluster of 11 villages and the two best-known wineries, in Pelendri, are included in the 'Nom d'Origine' Pitsilia – an area that covers the mountain peaks of Madari, Papoutsa and the north-western part of Machairas. The altitude ensures a slower, effortless grape maturity, while the arid and sloping earth forces the vines to huddle together to produce richer wines.

Classic local grape varieties include some of the rare, ancient red Maratheftiko. The Pitsilia wine route passes through Limassol, Trimiklini, Pelendri, Potamitissa, Dymes, Kyperounta, Chandria, Polystypos, Alona, Agros, Agios Ioannis and Agios Theodoros. Can you resist a day tour or why not stay in the heart of this wonderful explorer style region.

Wine of Kings

Did you know that Commandaria, the island’s sweet dessert wine, is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest manufactured wine in the world? Its origins can be traced to 2000 BC. Richard the Lionheart proclaimed it as the “wine of the kings and the king of the wines”.

After sampling Commandaria, perhaps visit a chocolatier for a workshop to create Commandaria truffles or simply shop in Platres village boutique chocolate shop for handmade chocolates such as zivania – with a pomace brandy filling. Try Platou's loukoumia, it contains royal jelly and oozes with venus cream and the taste of honey.

Read more about Cyprus wine in our article Cyprus wine is a lovely taste of history in a glass.