George Kassianos interviews Christos Vassiliades, Ekfraseis Winery | Zoom

Ekfraseis Winery Limassol

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Free Zoom Wine Interview with Christos Vassiliades, Ekfraseis Winery, Limassol. Hosted by George Kassianos.

SUPPORTING CYPRIOT WINERIES IN 2021 – As we remain in Lockdown, Cyprus in Style Wine Network is delighted to launch another Online Wine Class on Zoom. This Zoom session is FREE and designed to further your knowledge of Cypriot Wineries and Wines. It will begin with an introduction about the selected winery from George, followed by an interview with the owner of the winery or winemaker. The session will finish with a Q & A opportunity.

Grab a glass of wine, sit back in the comfort and safety of your home, and learn about Cypriot wine.

Find out more about the personal story behind Ekfraseis Winery, Limasol, from Christos Vassiliades, Head of Wine Operations and Vigneron. In conversation with George Kassianos, we will find out what led Christos into winemaking, the best part of his job, how the current pandemic has impacted the wine industry, the techniques used at the winery, the different wines and so much more.

If you would like to attend, please email cyprusinstylemagazine@gmail.com, and we will send you the Zoom link. All you have to do is ‘Click in and Join’. No experience necessary – just a love of wine!

  • DATE: THURSDAY, 25TH FEBRUARY, 2021         
  • TIME: 6:30 PM
  • MEET: CHRISTOS VASSILIADES FROM EKFRASEIS ESTATE VINEYARDS

LOVE AND PASSION FOR WINE

By George Kassianos

Situated on the southern slopes of Madari Peak, at an altitude of 1,275 metres, is the village of Chandria. It is here where Christos Vassiliades chose to express himself, as a winemaker.

As a child, Vassiliades visited his grandfather during weekends, to help take care of their family vineyards in Chandria. His fascination for cultivating and harvesting the grapes started from a very young age with his grandfather, who played a huge role in shaping his love and passion for wine. Vassiliades now holds a strong reputation for being a young, dynamic and very promising winemaker here in Cyprus. He is considered a bold investor in the Troodos terroir and commemorates his grandfather’s memory, by advancing steps further on the art of viticulture and winemaking.

His early passion for viticulture and vinification, led Vassiliades to pursue his studies in this field. His love for winemaking grew stronger and he later returned to Chandria, almost permanently, to replant most of his vineyards (10ha) with new varieties. He went on to acquire new vineyards, and continues to plant and grow. In 2013, Vassiliades officially launched his very own winery, called Ekfraseies Winery, or translated, “Winery Expressions”.

Following the opening of Ekfraseis Winery, the planting continued, the productive dynamics grew and his personal philosophy and vision began to develop. His aim is to create wines based on classical practices and traditions, in order to inspire others, but also to use the modern elements of vinification art to produce outstanding quality. Cyprus has an excellent microclimate with a tremendous diversity from side to side, huge momentum and sophistication. It can do wonders and defeat several of its competitors. The production of the winery is small and produces around 40,000 bottles per year. Vassiliades cultivates indigenous and international varieties alongside each other, and considers this to be an important parameter for the diversification of Cypriot viticulture, in relation to that of other countries.

Always at the back of his mind, is the average consumer and the needs of modern gastronomy. The main pillar in every effort is to capitalise on the potential of his privately-owned vineyards, especially, to a large extent, when they are based in favorable locations. Chandria is the second highest village in the whole of Cyprus. He works to get the most out of Cypriot grape varieties, mainly Mavro and Xynisteri, but also on the qualitative performance of certain imported grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. “It is fascinating to observe the growth performance of these imported grape varieties on Cyprus soil at over 1,200 meters”, he said.

Vassiliades believes that Cyprus is a sleeping giant and, along with various other prominent winemakers on the island, the alarm is set to change this in the near future. Click here to view the Ekfraseis Winery Limassol website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George Kassianos is the President of the Cyprus Sommeliers Association. He has also recently been appointed the Contest and General Assembly Liaison Officer, by the International Sommeliers Association (ASI), which will take him all over the world to attend international wine events and competitions. He writes for many publications, including Cyprus in Style Magazine and the Sunday Cyprus Mail‘s weekly wine column. He is a wine and hotel educator and presenter, and holds regular wine events across Cyprus. The Government appointed him to be a member of the Wine Expert Committee, which certifies PDO wines and acts as an advisory board to the wine and spirits industry.

Cyprus in Style Wine Network is dedicated to supporting Cypriot wineries and welcomes you to join the online Zoom Wine Class with George Kassianos on Thursday, 25th February, at 6:30 PM. If you would like to attend, please email cyprusinstylemagazine@gmail.com, and we will send you the Zoom link. All you have to do is ‘Click in and Join’.

No specific wines are required for this Zoom wine class. However, if you would like to buy a bottle of Ekfrasesis Wine to enjoy while you watch, they are available exclusively at Wine & More at French Depot Boutiques in Limassol, Nicosia & Paphos.

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