Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Results for the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) were released earlier this week. Overall, The Rock's performance was not as solid as in previous years with only one Silver Medal being awarded to Sodap's 2002 Saint Barnabas Commandaria. Beyond that, as usual, Cyprus received its fair share of Commended and Bronze medals.

From this and last year's results, it's pretty clear (to me at least) that only a handful of Cypriot wineries have chosen to send their wines to DWWA. Honestly, I wonder why. Do costs outweigh potential benefits? Do awards have little impact on a wine's reputation/sales in the Cypriot market? Are these contests perceived as being "biased" or not good appraisers of the quality of the wines sampled? Dear readers, if you have any insight into this, we'd appreciate your thoughts.

Anyhow, here's the list of awarded wines:

Silver Medals

2002 Sodap Saint Barnabas Commandaria

Bronze Medals

2010 Aes Ambelis Omiros (Maratheftiko)
2010 Vasilikon Winery Ayios Onoufrios (Red Blend)
2009 Vasilikon Winery Methy (Cabernet Sauvignon)
2012 Sodap Kamantarena Xynisteri
2012 Sodap Stroumbeli Maratheftiko Rose
2010 The Anama Concept Commandaria

Commended Medals

2010 Aes Ambelis Ektor (Shiraz)
2012 Aes Ambelis Xinisteri-Semillon
2011 Makkas Winery Chardonnay
2010 Makkas Winery Merlot
2012 Makkas Winery Rodostafylo Rose
2010 Makkas Winery Syrah
2012 Prophet Elias Gerolemo Riesling
2012 Prophet Elias Gerolemo Maratheftiko Rose
2012 Sodap Kamantarena Rhine-Riesling
2012 Sodap Mountain Vines Semillon
2012 Sodap Mountain Vines Cabernet Sauvignon-Maratheftiko
2012 Sodap Stroumbeli Chardonnay
2009 Sodap Stroumbeli Shiraz
2009 The Anama Concept Commandaria
2009 Vouni Panayia Barba Yiannis Maratheftiko