Vlassides Winery was completed in 2012 and follows the principles of sustainable development.
It was designed by architect Heracles Papachristou in modern, clean-cut lines; a contemporary building which blends perfectly with the landscape, situated in a 20 acre plot, surrounded by its vineyards.
A large part of the Winery is literally buried deep into the hill, while the rest of the building gradually comes into view as it follows the contours of the land. The interior consists of large open spaces with panoramic views of the vineyards. Visitors enjoy an unobstructed view of the winemaking and wine ageing areas, giving them a general overview of the processes which take place at the Winery, from the beginning: from grape to wine.
The concept for the building of the Winery was to create an ergonomic, functional structure with state-of-the-art equipment which would add to the winemaker’s work, making every process more efficient and contributing to the quality of the wines produced. The way it was constructed, with the larger part “buried” in the ground and the storage areas located underground, allows for the ideal temperatures for the preservation and development of the wines.
Situated in the heart of Koloni, in a 80 acre vineyard, it has an overall production capacity of 150.000 bottles per year.
The Winery has seven stainless steel tanks of 6250 litres, eleven of 5000 litres and six of 2500 litres. There are several other smaller tanks used for experimental vinifications.
The cellar has 230 French oak barrels of 300 litres, which are regularly renewed.
“We have invested in the latest destemming technology, since this is a major factor when it comes to red wines’ extraction.”
Separating the stem from the grapes is done using the property of inertia. In this way we manage to have the perfect stem separation without any contact with the fruit. The shrivelled or unripe grapes remain on the stems, while the intact healthy ones end up along with the juice in the tanks.
Vlassides Winery was chosen to represent Cyprus in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture
– Mies van der Rohe Award 2015