The Santa Irene. Winery located in Farmakas in Cyprus
Santa Irene Winery is the realization of a man’s dream. Daniel Anastasis left his beloved village Farmakas, as a young man traveling first to Australia and then to South Africa where he made a life with his wife Theoni and their children. Having experienced success in South Africa, Daniel and Theoni returned to the calm of Farmakas village; where Daniel was born and raised. With his distinct passion for food and business, Daniel envisioned a high-end Winery and restaurant (Ierambelos Fusion Cuisine), surrounded by the very vines that produce the wine.
Santa Irene Winery was established in 2015 and encompasses 200 hectares of vineyards. In these traditional vineyards, the local ‘Mavro Ampelisimo’ grape variety dominates, while the local Xynisteri variety is found in smaller vineyards.
Vines Grown on the slopes of the Farmakas Mountains
The beauty of the wild countryside is breath-taking and awe-inspiring. Farmakas is considered the 10th highest village in Cyprus at an altitude of 950-1000m. The vineyards are perched precariously on the mountain slopes above the village; easily amongst the tallest and oldest in Cyprus. Some vines are found at altitudes of 1350m while their 150-year-old roots hold on by burrowing deep into the slopes of the earth. On the Farmakas mountains the vineyards have aged well, the unique combination of age, altitude, and mineral-rich soil together with traditional winemaking and vineyard growing techniques result in quality wines of distinctive character and complexity.
The Most Popular Wines
The objective of the winemakers is also to promote Cypriot wines and teach all who visit about the area’s winemaking traditions.
The most popular wines produced at the Santa Irene winery are the Santa Irene Laxia Dry Red, the Santa Irene Theoni Dry Rose, the Santa Irene Daniel Dry White, the Santa Irene Vounoplagia Dry White, the Santa Irene Protari Dry Red, and the Santa Irene Shiraz Dry Red.