Introducing a New Artisan Wine Collection for a Unique Wine Tasting Experience …

ARTISAN WINES PAPHOS

INTRODUCING A NEW ARTISAN WINE COLLECTION …

FOR A NEW WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE

Artisan Wines PaphosWhether you are a general wine lover or serious oenophile, it may well be that you are looking for a new wine experience. If you fancy veering off the beaten track from your typical choice of wines, then artisan wines are well worth considering. Recently launched at La Bodega Cava in Paphos is the ‘The Artisan Collection’, which is a collaboration between ‘Two Wine Merchants’. The Two Wine Merchants are Kyriakos Kolokasides and Dimos Dimosthenous, who share a love and passion for wine, which has united them in creating this latest collection. After observing many vineyards across the world that have been taken over by large corporate companies, they endeavoured to source more unique wines made by smaller wineries.

WHAT EXACTLY ARE ARTISAN WINES?

Artisan wines are always produced by a small winery, where they only use the grapes from their own vineyards. This way, they have complete control over the practices under which they are grown. Also, when it comes to making the actual wine, they favour following the traditional winemaking methods. Their main ambition is to emphasise their grapes’ uniqueness and the terroir of their vineyards. The primary focus is always quality over quantity. The old adage, ‘great wines begin in the vineyard’, is certainly true when it comes to artisan wines, as they try to make the wine with minimal intervention and without additives. Very often, they follow organic and biodynamic winemaking principles.

When Kyriakos discovered his first bottle of artisan wine, it led him on a journey with Dimos to source the best-handcrafted wines and to bring them from across the world directly to Cyprus. After travelling together, visiting some of the vineyards and attending exhibitions, they now have a complete wine selection that is constantly added to and upgraded. As a result, they have created ‘The Artisan Collection’, which is exclusively available from La Bodega Cava in Paphos. Kyriakos explained, “It has been a long and joyous journey. These wines really stand out from other wines on the general market, and they offer special characteristics every year. It was very hard deciding on the final selection, but we are very pleased with our collection, and the feedback from our clients has been exceptionally positive”.

In this article, we look through some French and Italian examples from ‘The Artisan Collection’ and find out more about the actual wine producers. We also discuss the regions, grapes, and the best food pairings for each individual wine.

DOMAINE JEAN-PIERRE GROSSOT CHABLIS – 2019

Grossot Chablis is a firm favourite of many a wine critic and was already highly acclaimed before Kyriakos and Dinos discovered it. This is because the third and fourth generation winemakers who make this wine are firmly committed to organic viticulture. They only ever use natural fertilisers on the land. Unusually, they even harvest the grapes manually to produce authentic wine. The quality of the rich varieties of Chardonnay fruit and the minerality of the Chablis soil certainly comes through in this wine.

Pair with: Shellfish, Crab or Lobster.

DOMAINE DU BOUCHOT POUILLY FUMÉ – 2019

A Pouilly Fumé made from the Sauvignon grape grown in the clay-limestone soil in the Loire Valley in France. Rachel and Pascal Kerbiquet started this winery over 28 years ago. In the 1990s, they were the first winery in the area to go organic. It is now biodynamic. Their main aim is to use the lowest sulphites possible. This is a wine that shows the Sauvignon Blanc grape at its most refined.

Pair with: Fish, Prawns or a Lamb Curry.

DOMAINE CORNIN POUILLY- FUISSÉ – 2018

Chardonnay is traditionally one of the world’s most famous wines. This Pouilly-Fussé is made in Chaintré in the rolling hills of southern Burgundy. It is one of the most popular wines in the region. Romain Cornin leads the winery today as a fourth-generation winemaker in his family. As a young biodynamic winemaker, it is worth noting that he has been described as one of the ones to keep an eye on in the future.

Pair with: Pasta, Vegetarian Dishes or Cured Meats.

DOMAINE D’ORFEUILLES VOUVRAY – 2018

Another wine from the Loire Valley, but this time from the Vouvray region, where the soil is full of flint stones creating the perfect drainage system. The Chenin Blanc grape is grown here to make the wine which is fermented without using any fermentation yeast. The winery advises that this wine can actually be kept for up to fifteen years. Domaine d’Orfeuilles was established just after the second world war in 1947.

Pair with: Rich Fish, Mild and Soft Cheeses or Poultry.

DOMAINE HENRI & GILLES BUISSON  MEURSAULT – 2018

A 100% Chardonnay wine from a winery in Côte de Beaune, in Bourgogne. The Buisson family has been in the village since the 12th century but started to make their own wines in the middle of the 20th century. As winemakers, they were well ahead of their time by introducing organic techniques to their vineyards in the 1970s. As a result, they have evolved to be leaders in organic principles, and today their vineyards are biodynamic.

Pair with: Pasta, Fish, Mild and Soft Cheeses, Cured Meat or Shellfish.

DOMAINE HENRI & GILLES BUISSON  MEURSAULT – 2018

A 100% Chardonnay wine from a winery in Côte de Beaune, in Bourgogne. The Buisson family has been in the village since the 12th century but started to make their own wines in the middle of the 20th century. As winemakers, they were well ahead of their time by introducing organic techniques to their vineyards in the 1970s. As a result, they have evolved to be leaders in organic principles, and today their vineyards are biodynamic.

Pair with: Pasta, Fish, Mild and Soft Cheeses, Cured Meat or Shellfish.

DOMAINE HENRI & GILLES BUISSON- SAINT-ROMAIN – SOUS ROCHE -2018

Domaine Buisson appears twice in the collection with this excellent value for money red wine from Saint-Romain in Bourgogne. It is made from the Pinot Noir grape.

Pair with: Game, Beef, Poultry or Veal.

CHÂTEAU ASPRAS – PROVENCE ROSÉ – 2020

Château Aspras is situated in Correns in Provence. This was the first village in the whole of France that went totally organic. The change was encouraged by Michael Latz, who is at the helm of this family of winemakers. There is a lovely story about when the butterfly, ‘Tomares ballus’, became extinct in Provence but returned to Correns after it, and the surrounding area had become organic. This is a rare rosé blend. It is made using the Cinsault, Grenache Rouge and Rolle grapes, which come from the family vineyards positioned across different locations offering huge variety. This winery has a celebrity connection to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who visited the winery before setting up their own wine label.

Pair with: Pork, Shellfish, Tomato-based dishes, Vegetarian, Poultry or Salads.

TENUTA DI NOZZOLE LA FORRA CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2016

Chianti is famous across the world and epitomises Italian wine. Tenuta di Nozzole is owned by the Folonari family, who established the winery in 1971. They also own several other small wine estates in Tuscany. They are most famous for wines produced from the Sangiovese grapes, as well as producing leading Cabernet Sauvignons. This estate in Chianti Classico extends to just over 400 hectares. This wine has won many prizes.

Pair with: Beef, Veal or Poultry.

TENUTE DEL CABREO IL BORGO 2017

This is another wine under the Folonari family ownership in Tuscany. Again, it is made predominantly using the Sangiovese grape at the Cabreo winery. This wine is very respected across the world and often sells out.

Pair with: Venison, Beef, Lamb, Veal, Cured Meats or Poultry.

CHÂTEAU FERRAN – SAINT-PIERRE – BORDEAUX TUCAOU 2016

The position of this winery is neighbouring the Grand Cru Classés, so it offers excellent value for money. It is positioned in Martillac, which is part of the Pessac Léognan appellation. These wines are available in a restricted number of outlets globally, and we are fortunate to have this wine available in Cyprus. Philippe and Ghislaine Lacoste own the Château.  This Saint-Pierre wine is made from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes and is known as a Bordeaux red blend.

Pair with: Beef, veal, Poultry or Game.

Another artisan wine to look out for is Château Ferran – Terres d’Argile, a Malbec from 2018, and now available exclusively at La Bodega Cava in Paphos. For further information on these artisan wines in Paphos, click here to view more.

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