In Cyprus, many events are organised, including some dedicated to Grapes. Here, tourists can experience the production of many products from grapes, including top-class wine.
Every year, in September and October, grapes festivals are celebrated. These are the months when vineyards become full of bunches of grapes.
The mountainous village of Panagia, which falls in the Pafos district , hosts the most grape harvest festival. In these months, hand pickers manually collected the bunches of grapes. It is a little uncomfortable and hard labour but priceless and praiseworthy .
The Panagia village is situated on the mountain, which is 900 meters high. In this Panagia village , the festival of grapes is celebrated later than celebration in another towns. The delay in the ripening of grapes here is that due to high altitude, very limited sunshine falls on the vineyards . Sunshine is very necessary for the ripening of crops including grapes .
Here, you can taste various grapes products and buy them for home. You will have the opportunity to walk through the vineyards, where donkeys will accompany you. You can also enjoy live music performances by talented players.
After the harvesting is almost finished, small bites of traditional breakfast called “ mpoukkoma”Offered. After completion of work in the fields, a winepress is used to press the grapes. Grape juice can be seen flowing through barrels.
You will see a demonstration of how to make a creamy dessert of grape juice and flour , called palooza, in the local language . It would be best to also enjoy soutzioukko (strings of almonds or walnuts dipped in palouzes) and zivania(strong pomace drink).
Guests here can also enjoy many other cultural activities, dance , local museum churches , and other attractions.
And lastly, before leaving the place, make sure you have enjoyed the local wine offered by local winemakers.
This year, it will be celebrated on 23 September 2023 .