Semillon grape variety
Semillon was one of the many “international” grape varieties that was introduced to Cyprus during the late 70s. In Cyprus, the majority of Semillon grapes are cultivated in the lower parts of Paphos region from which Fikardos Winery sources its grapes.
Semillon is a French grape variety and is cultivated in both cool and warm climates. The grapevines are very productive, easy to cultivate and relatively resistant to diseases. The Semillon grapes are medium sized, round and have a thin skin. The typical alcohol level in Semillon wines is between 12% and 14%. The Semillon grape produces wines that are medium in body, have medium acidity and, in Cyprus, produces wines with tropical fruit aromas such as mango, yellow peach and papaya. In Cyprus, Semillon is mainly blended with the Cypriot grape variety Xinisteri in order to produce dry or medium-dry wines, but in other parts of the world like France and Australia, Semillon is used to produce dessert wines.
Fikardos Winery works in close cooperation with vine growers and always aims in selecting the best grapes for vinification. Besides working with international varieties the winery gives strong emphasis to Cyprus Indigenous varieties.