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.