Speech by the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou at the official opening of the Wine Festival at the Public Garden, on Thursday, 27th of August 2015 at 20.00
Dear Minister, Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends,
The town and Municipality of Limassol continue the Wine Festival tradition for the 54th consecutive year, sending a message of optimism and faith for the future of this country, in these difficult hours.
This Festival is and will always be a tribute to wine, the oldest product of Cyprus, while at the same time it reflects the island’s long-standing tradition, it becomes a supporting event for the Cypriot wine producers and it does remain a totally popular festivity over the years.
It is quite typical that Limassol, despite the problems and difficulties encountered, remains the centre of viticulture and wine-making, which over the last years has been going through a new era of quality bottled wines production compatible to those produced abroad.
The Pan-cyprian wine producers’ competition that took place last April nominated a new generation of wines, which is now steadily produced in our country, but also the indisputable position of the traditional wine producing with Commandaria in the first place.
I warmly thank our friend the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, as well as all our distinguished guests for attending tonight the opening ceremony of the Wine Festival and for his unceasing interest in Limassol.
We would like to thank our main sponsor, the Limassol Cooperative Savings Bank, as well as our other sponsors (Bank de Binary, the CTO and Medochemie) for their precious help and contribution.
I would also like to thank the Agriculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, the 4 wineries of our town, as well as all the regional wineries that participate in this year’s Wine festival, the Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cyprus Sommeliers Association, the Limassol Police, the Civil Defence, the Cultural Committee, all the dancers, singers, actors and artists, the Cultural Services of the Municipality as well as all the involved parties in organizing this event.
Last but not least, I wish to thank the MEDIA for promoting the Festival, as well as all of you who have for so many years been embracing and fuelling this unbreakable and everlasting bond between Limassol and the wine and vineries.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank on behalf of the City Council Mr. Kleon Alexandrou, who was in charge of the Wine Festival for a great number of years. Thank you for your great work and contribution to the Festival.
At the same time, I would like to welcome Mrs Skevi Antoniadou to her new role. She is now in charge of the Wine Festival, among other events.