Cyprus Wine Festival
Limassol Wine Festival
The Wine Festival of Cyprus is an annual festival taking place in Limassol, Cyprus that celebrates wine, wine products and winemaking. The event first started in 1961 and since then it has become an established annual event that takes place at late August to early September and it aims to celebrate Cyprus’s rich viticulture.
Limassol becomes the attraction of thousands of locals and tourists who visit the Municipal Garden to enjoy the Wine Festival with the motto 'Drink wine, it gives you life! Limassol has earned the reputation of the "Wine capital of Cyprus", mainly due to the Wine Festival, at the event you can taste a variety of local wines, white or red, from large and small local wineries, enjoy traditional Cypriot food and enjoy performances from different local traditional artistic groups.
The Wine Festival can be regarded as a variant and a revival of ancient festive manifestations of worship in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine, and Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love. During these feasts people worshiped their gods, but primarily enjoyed themselves.
The Limassol Wine festival has an annual attendance in excess of 100,000 visitors that include locals and many tourists. The four big wine cooperatives KEO, SODAP, ETKO and LOEL along with many smaller independent producers who offer free tasting of their wine portfolio.
This year’s Wine Festival is held as usual between the dates 28/08/15 – 06/09/2015.