The Cyprus wine revolution


To complement Dr José Vouillamoz’s fascinating report on discovering indigenous grape varieties on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, I’m publishing my notes on a presentation on the recent Cypriot wine revolution made last October by Dr Caroline Gilby MW, one of the five finalists in our recent wine writing competition. 

Her lecture and the tasting that followed it (see my 42 tasting notes below) took place in Vintners’ Hall in London, where the then king of Cyprus was one of the five kings entertained to a feast by the vintners and aldermen in 1363. (For much of its early history...