Resident Artisan Vintners, bringing tradition to life on the island of cyprus
Vines have been grown and grapes have been pressed in the Mediterranean since the Bronze Age, Etel Winery and Estate is breathing life back in to tradition with its resident artisan vintners who are using their passion and knowledge to bring a new era to the island by creating distinguished wines.
Being pioneers in North Cyprus we believe our artisan vintners are breathing life back into old world tradition and are able to take a fresher approach to their craft, handpicking from both time-honed traditions and modern technology.
At Etel, whether you are a wine connoisseur or someone who simply enjoys and appreciates a good wine, we believe we have a wine to meet any desired taste, palate and request. Etel Winery does not outsource any aspect of viticulture or winemaking this is a reflection of our belief in balance, detail, and integrity. Our winemaking methods have been carefully chosen to promote the cleanest expression of the fruit and our Cypriot soil.
Vines have been grown and grapes have been pressed in Cyprus since the Bronze Age, set high upon the hills of the Beşparmak Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean we have over 4 hectares of vineyards planted with a variety of vines.
With every vintage we strive to bring out the best in the vines from each individual plot of the vineyard. To achieve our unique style we have planted 8 varieties of grapes which were each carefully selected by matching the vines to the suitable soil and climate differences, and by carefully monitoring watering, foliage and crop load, our wines fully express the potential of our estate-grown grapes.
The HARVEST TIME
Our picking parameters are unique to us, using all the tools available to us as a backdrop for our own personal sense of taste, smell, sight and touch we make every effort to harvest only when the grapes reach optimal maturation. Bud break at our estate occurs in early spring with harvest commencing on average at the beginning of August.
We believe that every vineyard is special, every vintage is unique, and each wine is distinct. Every one of our wines is handmade, taking the greatest care and attention to detail in every aspect of our craft.
Our winery is custom built and designed to give our winemaking team all the tools to create exceptional wines. It houses modern equipment, offers the ability to ferment each and every vineyard block separately, while also conducting small-lot experiments, complimented by a large underground barrel store for wine aging under the perfect conditions to fine-tune and further express the true spirit of Etel Estate Winery.
Wine MakerLIN GOLD
“I consider it to be a privilege to be part of such an incredible project and become a member of the Gillham Vineyard family, making wine in North Cyprus will be an exhilarating challenge for me”.
Lin Gold, our award winning winemaker’s passion for wine started when she fell in love with the aromas and flavors that evolved from fermentations. With a master’s degree in Oeneology and Viticulture and 13 harvests under her belt, Lin was looking for her next challenge and believes that North Cyprus is a fantastic region to grow high quality grapes to create wine of an international standard from the Beşparmak Mountains.