Ktima Christoudia Winery
Ktima Christoudia Winery is a small family owned winery situated on the quiet back road that links Vavla to Kato Drys. You will see the signs for it on the main road coming up from the motorway; you should be able to locate the winery following these signs but if you prefer you can use the directions below. You can also contact the winery to get any information you may need. The site is developing having recently been built so you may find some differences when you get there as the owners are constantly improving the site. Please let us know if we should update our information by getting in touch or leaving a comment below.
Once you have parked in the gravel car park head towards the main doors at the front of the building. This front reception area is where you will be met by one of the staff members. There is a selection of tourist souvenirs to the left on some shelving – feel free to browse. At the back is a bar area where wine tasting takes place. On the right large windows give good views of the surrounding countryside. Although it may see incongruous to see a large open fireplace if you come in the Summer and it is 35 degrees outside, during the colder Winter months there is nothing nicer than sitting by a blazing fire. You may notice the large circular glass panel in the floor surrounded by a sun motif. This gives a view down into the wine cellar below.
As you go through to the production area there are some boards that give an overview of how wine is made together with some artifacts from the past. Once down in the production hall you will be able to see the fermentation vats together with the bottling plant to the right. Obviously during harvest time this area is more busy than at other times of the year but no matter what time of year you come you can get a sense of what goes on. This isn’t wine making on the scale of one of the major players on the island such as KEO. Instead this is small scale production of high quality wines done with passion and care.
Once you have looked around the production area you will be taken through to the cellar. Here you will be able to see the casks stored with the results of previous years’ production. Looking up you will see the circular window that you saw at the beginning of your visit. Finally you will be shown the shoushouska area. This is a product that is made from the syrupy residues from the grape must. Almond nuts are threaded on a string and dipped in the liquid then hung to dry. This process is repeated over and over again until the nuts have a thick coating. The method is similar to making a traditional candle.
Once you have been shown around the plant, wine tasting will take place up stairs around the bar area. The winery makes several different types of wine including white, red and rose under the Tihikos brand. A variety of grapes are used including traditional Xinisteri as well as more known varieties such as Chardonnay. If you find one you like you can purchase a bottle or two to enjoy although there is no obligation to do so.
^ How to get to Ktima Christoudia Winery
Coming from Limassol you will need to take exit 14 off the motorway. As you take the slip road off turn left at the T junction then turn right signposted Vavla. Stay on this road for some time going past the Rainbow Taverna and the Choirokitia Palace heading up into the hills. As you go along you will see the brown signs for the winery. After around 15 minutes you will see a sign for Vavla/Kato Drys. Turn right here and follow the road down and around to the right following the sign for Kato Drys. Keeping on this road will lead you to the winery. You will go past Agios Minas monastery then dip down to cross the river. As you start to go up again you will be able to see the winery on your right. Look for the entrance and follow the track down to the car park.
Coming from the Larnaca direction you will exit at junction 14 from the motorway and at the T junction turn right. Go under the motorway and at the next T junction turn right again. Then go past the petrol station and turn right at the sign for Vavla/Kato Drys and continue to follow the directions as for Limassol.
^ Contact Details
Ktima Christoudia Winery is open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week during most of the year apart from Summer when it is closed on Sundays.
contact point: Alexia Christoudia
telephone: 24342142, 99034828