Fikardos Winery’s vineyards are all located in Paphos, one of the most important vine growing regions on the island. Paphos produces around 43% of all grapes and covers an area of 33 square kilometers. The majority of the vineyards are located between 400 and 650 meters above sea level. All vineyards at the area have never been affected by phylloxera, a microscopic root insect that destroyed almost all vineyards in Europe. The soil is mostly made out of limestone formations and gypsum-clay beds. The unique weather conditions occurring at the area and the particular type of soil make it an excellent area to cultivate Cyprus indigenous variety Xinisteri. Almost 50% of all Xinisteri in Cyprus is cultivated here.
Fikardos Winery’s private vineyards are located in two areas in the Pafos region, the Pano Arodes village and the Choulou village. The rest of the grapes used by the winery are sourced by local vine-growers from the nearby villages of Tsada, Stroumpi, Polemi, Letimpou, Kathikas and Killi. The winery has been working with the same vine-growers since the beginning of the winery. This close cooperation ensures that the quality of the grapes delivered to the winery is exceptional.
Pano Arodes Vineyard
The vineyard is located at an altitude of 600 meters in the area called “furnia”. The entire vineyard has been planted on the northern side of the mountain, with a north-east aspect. Winters here can be very cold with average temperatures reaching 8 degrees Celsius. Summers remain relatively cool because of the west blowing winds of Akamas national park. The soil is made out of limestone which in combination with the areas microclimate makes it an ideal location to cultivate Maratheftiko, Mataro, and Shiraz grapes.
Half of the vineyards are located at an altitude of 400 meters just next to Ezousa river while the rest of the vineyards are located at ‘Maloutena’ area at an altitude of 450 meters. In ‘Maloutena’ the soil is made out of limestone and the varieties cultivated are, Gannoudi, a very rare variety that was nearly extinct from Cyprus, and Altesse a white grape variety. At the vineyard next to the river the indigenous white variety Xynisteri is been cultivated together with Mataro, and Gannoudi.
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.