Commandaria is acknowledged to be the oldest wine in the world and was probably the first to be given an 'Appellation d’Origin'(label of geographical origin). Legend says that Commandaria was originally made for Richard the Lionheart and the Crusaders. This delightful dessert wine, which has a taste not unlike sweet sherry, has been made using the same method for hundreds of years. The grapes are picked late, dried in the sun to enhance their sugar content and then pressed. The run-off is collected and fermented in tanks or in huge earthen ware jars.
The sweet wine of Cyprus became known throughout Europe under the name Commandaria depicting its geographical origin“Commandarie” which was the name given to the land owned by the Knights Templarand later the Knights of St. John.