We take great pride in our island’s vineyard heritage and continue our tradition with a scientific approach and sustainable manner.
We currently own 7 hectares of vineyards and rent another 6 hectares, which are cultivated organically. The vineyards are of different ages and are concentrated mostly in the areas of Mandria Village and Agios Nikoloas, between 800-1000 meters altitude. We also have some vineyards at lower altitudes, 550-700meters, in Agios Amvrosios and Pachna.
Some of our vineyard were already well established and productive vineyards when we acquired them, and others we have planted ourselves. Older vineyards are pruned in the traditional gobelet training, while some of our new vineyards are on trellies and undergo spur pruning.
As a philosophy we strongly believe in a combination of the latest scientific knowledge in viticulture, combined with a preference for maintaining the traditional vineyard landscape that is so typical of our region. As most of our vineyards are situated in areas close to non- cultivated nature, we profit from the rich biodiversity around the vineyard. Plant health is monitored closely, and we seek for ways detect any disease at an early stage.
We restore the traditional stone walls that separate our terraces, which does not only contribute to the beauty of the fields but is also an important place for shelter for much needed larger reptiles and insects.
Cyprus is home to some unique grape varieties, which are indigenous to the island.
The Zambartas family is very proud of the invaluable contribution Akis Zambartas made to the re-discovery of the lost varieties.
Our ‘Margelina’ Vineyard, was planted in 1921 and is one of the few remaining ungrafted centenarian vineyards of the island.
Most vines are of the ‘Mavro’ variety, although some other indigenous Cyprus varieties, such as Kanella, Yiannoudi and Maratheftiko can be found. We have also identified a few unknown varieties, which are under investigation. With such a long history, it is a true gem of Cypriot viticulture and provides us the grapes our Single Vineyard Margelina wine. To fully grasp why we got so intrigued by this vineyard, read its life story here.