58th Wine Festival opens its gates

The 58th Wine Festival opened its gates on Friday evening, in Limassol, inviting everyone to taste the local wine.

The festival, which will be open until September 8, features dozens of local wine exhibitors, food stalls, theatre plays and music events throughout its duration.

In an address, during the opening ceremony Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said that the government is working to further improve the quality of Cypriot wines as well as to promote them abroad.

A total of 38 businesses including 10 new wineries have taken advantage of grants of a combined value of Euros 9.2 million, he added.

Last July, Lakktryrpis said, the 9th tender of the wine industry supoprt scheme was completed in the context of which there are 17 applications for investments amounting to Euros 4.7 million.

He also said that this year’s festival is dedicated to the late George Mavrogenis, a Limassolian whose contribution to society was huge. Mavrogenis was a journalist, cartoonist and artist in the fields of scenography, sculpture, art and theatre. He was also one of the people behind the establishment of the Wine Festival.

Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides said that during the next ten days Limassol is celebrating and honouring Cypriot wine and winemakers.

Source: Cyprus News Agency