Located at the foothills of the Troodos mountains at an
altitude of 540 meters above sea level, Kedares is one of
the main wine producing villages in Cyprus. Its major grape
varieties are the 'Mavro' (a red variety that dominates the
Cypriot vineyard), the 'Xynisteri' (which produces excellent
light-coloured white wines), the 'Maratheftiko' (a red
variety), the 'Malaga or Muscat of Alexandria' (of the
white, aromatic variety, brought to the island in the 3rd
century BC), the 'Ofthalmo' (again a red variety) and some
other imported winemaking varieties.
On the east side of Kedares, a series
of mountains protects the village from the cold winds of
winter, whilst on the west side there is a river called Diarizos,
which happens to be a real treasure for the surrounding
villages for the past few hundred years. Kedares
adjoins several other villages. On the western slopes are
Arminou, Mesana and Salamiou; while in the south is Kidasi.
On the north side the village borders with Filousa and
Winters at the village are rather harsh and an abundance of
snow is usually present. The temperatures at night can
sometimes fall below zero and frost is
formed. The summers offer a cool and dry climate which
attracts many tourists.
It is said that King Kinyras of Paphos had his
country residence in Kedares, where he spent his summers. As
a great hunter himself the King loved this area due to the
dense Kykkos forest which surrounds Kedares and the
great wildlife available.
The village was once vibrant with life as there was plenty of
water in the area. Apart from the many vegetable fields the
inhabitants also planted cotton, tobacco, potatoes,
beans and sowed all kinds of cereals. Many threshing floors
which still exist in the village offer a sign that
the production of cereals was great. The main occupations of
the inhabitants were mainly vine-growing and the
cattle-raising. Most grapes would become raisins
which provided a good source of income to all the villagers. Plenty of raisins were
stored at home for the cold winter nights. Wine and zivania were also produced
in Kedares. Large clay pots that were used
to produce wine and zivania can still be found in many
houses in the village.
The inhabitants also
cultivated almonds, walnuts, olives and several fruit trees,
such as quince, pear and apricot. The fig and mulberry trees
were always plentiful in the village.
Each family produced its own pure olive oil
and they harvested their produce using large round
Alongside these occupations, other professions
also appeared in the village, such as building, barbering,
carpentry, shoemaking, and of course, traditional music.