Lampadistis Winery, the new architectural gem dynamically enters the wine map of Cyprus.
Text: Ellie Karnezi
Kalopanayiotis is a charming mountain village nestled on the northern slopes of the Troodos in the picturesque valley of Marathasa. The village has long been associated with grapes and grape-derived products. At one point, it was common for residences to have wine presses. Making zivania liquor, Soutzoukos and Palouzes (two desserts of grape juice and flour) was a family affair.
Today, Kalopanayiotis boasts a winery – a stunning architectural masterpiece spanning 4,700 square metres, seamlessly blending modern design with the natural environment. The project, designed by Eraclis Papachristou Architects, pays homage to the nearby monastery of Ayios Ioannis (St John) Lampadistis, borrowing elements such as cylindrical shapes and niches and showcasing breathtaking views of the site. The winery seems to ‘float’ on three concrete cylinders, each representing the three phases of wine production: vinification, ageing and storage. In constructing the massive roof, recycled pine wood from burnt trees in the forest of Kampos of Tsakistra was used, while the ornate but simple railing and the sunshade are of traditional village stonework. The project cost around seven million euros. Some of the winery’s vineyards are planted with various grape varieties producing Xynisteri, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Giannoudi.