Cretan wine

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Cretan wine is wine from the Greek island of Crete.[1] It has a long history since wine was certainly being made by the Minoans since the Bronze Age.[2] Wines from Crete are not listed among those specially prized in classical Greece, but under the Roman Empire in the 2nd century AD Crete was known for a sweet wine, protropos, which was exported to Italy.[3]

Red Cretan wine

In late medieval Europe, in the 14th to 16th centuries, vino di Candia (Heraklion is modern day Candia) and Crete are wine names listed as highly valued in several sources from western and northern Europe; they were sweet and "hot" wines (hot in a dietary sense).[citation needed] Within the current classification of Greek wine there are several Cretan appellations, including Peza, Archanes, Dafnes and Sitia.[4]

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  1. ^ "Wines of Crete and Wine Tourism". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  2. ^ Hamilakis, Y (1999) Food Technologies/Technologies of the Body: The Social Context of Wine and Oil Production and Consumption in Bronze Age Crete [1]
  3. ^ "Greek Wines Ancient and Modern". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  4. ^ "Greek Wines – Crete Region". Retrieved 2015-10-05.