Will heat-resistant grape varieties from Cyprus be a success in Australia?

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We have already heard of Portuguese grape varieties in Bordeaux and Greek ones in Provence. Now the turn has come for Cypriot grape varieties to (maybe) help Australia’s wine industry meet the climate challenges.

Studies are currently underway, and wine tastings with Australian wine consumers have yielded positive results. The tasters liked several grapes from Cyprus.

The green xynisteri and the red maratheftiko did well in comparison with chardonnay, pinot gris and syrah. The Cypriot grape varieties have the nowadays coveted quality of being resistant to heat and drought.

Xynisteri is one of the grapes used in the legendary sweet wine Commandaria. Maratheftiko produces powerful, colourful wines and is now recognized for its good quality.

Read more: wineaustralia

Vineyards in Cyprus at the Tsiakkas winery
Vineyards in Cyprus at the Tsiakkas winery, copyright BKWine Photography

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