Vouni Panayia’s Plakota is a blend of Maratheftiko and Ntopio Mavro. Maratheftiko is know as the most noble Cypriot varietal, producing rich wines with soft tannins and flavors of cherries and dark chocolate. Ntopio Mavro producers light red wines with lively red-fruit and floral notes. Blended together in Plakota, they produce a wonderfully concentrated, soft and round wine with flavors of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and plum with a persistent finish.
Andreas Kyriakides established Vouni Panayia in 1987, the first private regional winery in Cyprus. Today, the estate is still family run. The 25 hectares of vineyards are located 1,000 meters above sea level, surrounded by a pine forest under the Troodos mountains. Andreas planted the indigenous white varietals Xynisterim, Promara, Spourtiko and Morokanela, as well as the red grapes Maratheftiko, Yiannoudi and Ntopio Mavro. All vines are planted on their original rootstocks, since phylloxera has not reached this high-altitude mountain vineyard. The soils are mostly clay with a gypsum-clay structural compisition.