Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis officially opened the Wine Festival to the public on Thursday evening, at the Limassol municipal gardens until September 4, commending it for showing off the rich wine culture of Cyprus.
The Festival he said, “promotes the great variety of eclectic Cypriot wines to thousands of local and foreign visitors, substantially enhancing the effort of Cypriot viticulturists and winemakers which is also supported in practical terms by the state.”
The Ministry he said implements national and European co-funded subsidy schemes making the most of its cooperation with embassies, international organisations and trade centres both at home and abroad.
In the last 3 years, Lakkotrypis pointed out 15 businesses have received grants of the order of €3.2 million, while another €5 million in grants have been approved. Proposed investments in the sector as a result from the investment in the wine-making industry action plan will come to a total of €21.3 million, he said.
Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou said that the Wine Festival is and will remain a tribute to wine, the most ancient product of the Cypriot land, adding that the festival pays respect to the island`s viticulture tradition, promotes Cypriot wineries and has been established as a popular festivity for many years.
During the opening ceremony an award was given to a Polish journalist who has been attending the Festival for 25 consecutive years.