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Kedares

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 Pretori.

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 millstones. Alongside these occupations, other professions also appeared in the village, such as building, barbering, carpentry, shoemaking, and of course, traditional music.

           

 
 

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