+357 99 791915 Agiou Nikolaou 13 , Letymbou, Paphos 8546

The Story

Makarounas is a newly established boutique, family winery on the beautiful island of Cyprus, which carries the viticultural history of four generations. Theodoros Makarounas started the winery in 2016, after he completed his studies in Oenology and Viticulture at UC Davis. Previously, Theodoros had been making wine in his grandmother’s home!

The family and the terroir

Makarounas family managed to establish their beautiful, traditional, winery in 2016. It is the first estate winery and it is located in the village of Letymbou, 14 km east of the city of Paphos.

Letymbou is in the area of the “vine-villages”, as they are called by the locals, exactly because the region is associated with a long tradition in vine growing. The origins of the village have been traced back to the Byzantine era. The considerable number of beautiful old chapels indicate that the village was once of larger size and importance.

He strongly embraced the belief that good wine is made in the vineyard; thus particular attention is paid to the notion of terroir. This is a family affair puts in a lot of hard work. The vineyards cover 17 hectares of land and they are located at an altitude of 400-600 m; they are influenced by the warm Mediterranean climate and the considerable rainfall (620 mm per year, on average). The surrounding hills, the limestone and quartz rich soils, together with the uninterrupted exposure to the winds of the valley, modify the local mesoclimate.

Philosophy

Obsession with top quality fruit is the driving force of the winery. Generations of this family were farmers, and they knew that growing the best fruit is the only path to greatness. The fact that the quality of the fruit is completely under their control allows for the production of terroir driven wines of high distinctiveness and personality. The Makarounas winery has the privilege of being the only winery in Cyprus that sources grapes solely from their privately owned vineyards. Their production is currently 50.000 bottles per year, but there are future plans for expansion.

Aiming high

The winery aims to produce wines of ample power, but no excess weight. Wines which have high drinkability index and focus mainly on the indigenous grape varieties of Cyprus. A small proportion of international varieties, those best suited to the “terroir” of the region, have also been planted. Xynisteri, Morokanella, Spourtiko (white), Maratheftiko, Yiannoudi and Lefkada (red) are some of Cyprus upcoming stars. These varieties are complemented by Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Syrah that have adapted to the local terroir for decades. The winery plans to focus, even more, on the autochthonous treasures of Cyprus by increasing plantings of Promara, Kanella and other rare varieties.
team

People in team

Our team: Costas, Eleni, Demetris, Stelios and Theodoros are the people behind the wine and the vineyards.
testimonials

“Excellent wines! And in general the best rose under 40 EUR i've ever tasted. Will be back - again and again 🙂 ”

Michael Halkjaer Jakobsen
Michael Halkjaer Jakobsen

“Amazing winery and and extraordinary wine. Theodoros gave us the best tasting experience. He was so informative and enthusiastic. This winery is a must to visit if you are in the area.”

Nikolas Konstantinou
Nikolas Konstantinou
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