Owned by Mustafa and Sengul Seyfi, and with the support of other members of the family, Chateau St Hilarion was created with the aim of producing quality wines to put North Cyprus on the wine map. It’s true to say that before this project nobody was making any world class wine in the north of the island.

Mustafa first started researching the project in the mid 1990’s. Aided by international wine consultant, Keith Grainger. Considerable efforts went into finding and analysing the first vineyard at Gećitköy. On a gently sloping site the clay and limestone soil was considered to be ideal for growing red varieties particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Our first wines produced in 2004 were a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Since then, more land has been purchased primarily at Güzelyurt which has been planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and many other varieties. As all the vines mature, and with a careful restriction on yield, the quality of the grapes is getting better every year. All the vineyards have been trellised and fitted with a drip irrigation system and the planting undertaken to the best European practices.