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Celebration of Cyprus Culture, Food and the oldest Wines of the World!


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Accent PR
Daniela Puglielli (908) 212-7486
Angela Crawford (201) 445 0996

5,500 Years of Winemaking History: Wines of Cyprus showcased in New York

WHO: The Cyprus Embassy Trade Center,Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce and special guests including Mayor Michael Bloomberg

WHAT: Over two dozen flavorful wines from the island of Cyprus paired with authentic food and recipes to sample and taste on Thursday, Dec. 4th

WHERE: Helen Mills Event Space, 137-139 W 26th Street, New York City from 5PM - 6PM

WHY: Cyprus is one of the first countries where wine production was practiced: Commandaria, the oldest named wine in the world, has been produced in Cyprus since at least 1,000 B.C., and is still being made with the same ancient methods. Amazingly, grapes have been grown for winemaking in Cyprus as far back as 5000 B.C. Both Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds specifically mention “Ya’ in Kafrisin” (Hebrew for Cypriot wine) as a sacrament in religious rituals during the time of the First and Second Temple in Jerusalem.

There are approximately fifteen indigenous grape varieties in Cyprus of which the most largely cultivated are Xynisteri, Mavro, Ofthalmo and Maratheftiko or Vamvakada. These grapes constitute truly undiscovered, new and breathtaking alternatives to the varietals that have dominated the market. Today, tremendous resources and effort have been invested into the rediscovering of Cyprus indigenous grape varieties, resulting not only in the making of superior quality wines, but also products with an original Cypriot character. These wines constitute truly undiscovered, new and breathtaking alternatives to the varietals that have dominated the market.

This is a private press event. Press must confirm attendance, please contact the event team at 908 803 3809.

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About the Cyprus Embassy Trade Center
The Cyprus Trade Commission is the official trade development and promotional agency of the Cyprus government. The Cyprus Trade Commission’s general mandate has been to promote, assist and develop Cyprus’ international trade, with particular regard to small and medium enterprises


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