Cyprus ranks among the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. Very few places are so ideally situated and adapted as Cyprus for the growing of the Vine. The rich soil, Mediterranean sunshine, and Cyprus's right climatic conditions are all ideals for producing quality grapes and wines. Several archaeological findings, ancient references, and writings have proved that the winemaking in Cyprus has a tradition so old that its beginning is impossible to trace. With experience in winemaking since 1844, ETKO is the oldest wine producer on the island. ETKO is adequately equipped with the most modern and up-to-date plants and equipment to improve the quality of wines. The company is also carrying out research and experiments to produce new wines. ETKO wines have won international recognition and appreciation by winning many gold medals and awards at International Competitions. ETKO has also won the 1983 Cyprus Award for Export, which the Cyprus Government gives to firms for the contribution towards export.