The Winery cultivates and manages 21 hectares of vineyards all around the village of Kilani, in Limassol, at altitudes between 700 and 1100 meters.
Kilani has perfect weather with plenty of sunshine during the summer season and mild winters, without extreme low temperatures.
This microclimate helps to mature the grapes perfectly, as far as their organoleptic characteristics are concerned. Additionally, rainfall is neither severe nor often, which allows us to control the vineyards’ irrigation, in regards to timing and intensity.
The soil is sandy clay on top of a calcareous bedrock, which allows the plants to preserve a sufficient level of moisture. The ground is poor in organic matter and inorganic nutrients, which give a balanced plant growth, while gravel and high pH levels, increase draining capacity and improve structure. These types of soil are ideal for low yields and are considered excellent for cultivating red grape varieties.
“My family’s vineyards are over 100 years old, planted by my grandfather and I continue to take care of them with the same devotion as he did”.
My father and grandfather used to say: “Good quality grapes will give you fine wine, my child“.
“Following their ideas, I changed the composition of the vineyards by planting new experimental and non-experimental varieties, I changed the methods according to new standards and in this way improved the grapes’ quality. This is why I continue to invest in my land and the land ‘rewards’ me all the time”.
The large and general reconstruction of the vineyards started in 2005 and was based on the results of many years of experimentations, which led to a very thorough renewal and modernization with the installation of new trellis systems and permanent irrigation systems. The vineyards are irrigated in order to avoid all the negative effects of the extremely dry summer climate of Cyprus, with its rare rainfall. During the summer months, the irrigation is done very carefully, always based on measurements of stem water potential, according to the water needs of every vineyard. In this way we manage to succeed in the production of high quality grapes.
This innovative and complex process is at a very advanced stage at the moment and today the Winery manages 21 hectares of vineyards with international and indigenous varieties, some of which are cultivated at experimental vineyards, aiming to produce authentic Cypriot wines. The red varieties include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Yiannoudi, Agiorgitiko and Maratheftiko and the whites include Xynisteri, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Assyrtiko and Promara.
“We focus our efforts in the development of an ecosystem with a healthy environment for every variety and in producing results which will be used by the coming generations”.
While aiming for the improvement of the grapes’ quality and the promotion of the varieties, Vlassides Winery works closely with viticultural consultant, Stefanos Koundouras, who is an Associate Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. This is a very valuable collaboration, with substantial results in regards to a high quality outcome.
The future goal for the Winery, is to expand the vineyard area, which will be producing 70% of the quantity of grapes needed for the production of 150.000 bottles a year.
“Our ambition is to gradually be able to get the raw material for the production of our wines, from our very own vineyards”.
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