This traditional and unique dessert wine with "protected designation of origin," named Commandaria by the Knights of St. John who made it famous throughout the Kingdoms of Europe during the Crusades. It is considered to be the oldest named wine still in production.
Grapes that are indigenous to the island of Cyprus are picked late and dried on mats, in order to obtain maximum concentration and sweetness. Made from crushed grapes that are fermented until the process stops naturally due to the high sugar content. The must is then aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two years. Similar to the solera system, the barrels are never completely emptied. New juice is added to the barrel containing old juice and the process begins again. Produced by the Solera system, this is a nutty wine with aromas of oakwood, dried fruit, cocoa and baking spices.
This wine contrasts beautifully with an aggressive, salty blue cheese.