We are a winery located in the rural Karpaz peninsula of North Cyprus.
Cyprus has been producing wine for more than 6,000 years. Wine grapes are more native to the soil of this place than anything that still exists here. Making wine in Cyprus is a way of honoring this heritage. Exile wine is preserving and elevating the traditions and culture of Cyprus by taking seriously uniqueness of the land, the traditions of millenia of winemaking here, and the possibilities for excellence that winemaking techniques have afforded today.
Exile partners with local farmers. We want to benefit the region by encouraging better agriculture and higher quality produce. We want to increase the tourism traffic to this part of the island. And we want to embody a commitment to making the best wines possible. Huseyin, Zekai, and Ata are some of the growers we have been working with. They have been growing grapes in this region for years and we are learning from them as we work together to build something that we couldn’t do on our own.
Exile is committed to producing wines that are authentic expressions of Cyprus.
We focus on using and cultivating grape varieties that are native to Cyprus. That is a challenge in North Cyprus, where we are located, since most of the winemaking tradition has dwindled in recent decades. In fact, no other winery is making wines with native varieties here. We are planting new vines this year to revitalize that tradition. The advantage of local varieties is that they have spent thousands of years becoming acclimated to the soil and climate of the region. They also represent a unique expression of wine that isn’t available anywhere else in the world.
We are inspired by the growth of the natural wine movement. We want wines to speak authentically about the place where they are made. We value minimal intervention in winemaking. So, we focus on using natural yeast and fermenting organically grown grapes in small batches in locally made clay vessels that have been lined with beeswax from a local beekeeper.
This year we have also been experimenting with the possibilities for new expressions of local wine such as an orange wine using locally grown Sultani grapes. We think it’s pretty amazing.
About our winemakers:
Ryan is a teacher who gradually moved toward the world of wine over the past several years. In 2016 he jumped in full-time to focus on wine-related training. He has a completed the WSET level three advanced qualification as well as the introductory level in the Court of Master Sommeliers. Since moving to Cyprus he has focused on becoming an expert in Cyprus wine and runs the @exploringcyprus wines instagram, which reviews only Cyprus wines. When he is not making wine, Ryan is working on his PhD in philosophy and writes and teaches.