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Red wine 2009 P.D.O. Dafnes (O.P.A.P.) / Δαφνές Liatiko dry dafnios, BIO, Crete / Κρήτη, Greece

Type: Red wine
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 14%
Price: Up to 10.00 €
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Maturing: new Barrique
Variety: Liatiko
Registration number: #Dou-L.18211

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Last reviewed: 26 April, 2012

Appellation (also Daphnes) in the district of Iraklio on the Greek island of Crete near the capital Heraklion. Dafnes is one of the four POP areas of the island; to the east of it are the areas of Archanes and Peza. The vineyards extend over the southern foot of the Psiloritis massif. The red wine is made from the autochthonous Liatiko variety and is vinified dry or sweet.

The largest island of Greece (grch. Kriti) with 8.335 km² in length of 260 and width of 60 kilometers is located in front of the southern exit of the Aegean Sea. From west to east, Crete is crossed by a mountain range of up to 3000 metres in height. Between the mountains there are fertile valleys. In ancient times it was the centre of the Cretan-Mycenaean culture, came into Roman possession in 67 BC and was then under Eastern Roman, Arab, Venetian and Ottoman rule. Only in the year 1913 the island came to Greece. It is believed that Crete was home to the first cultivated vineyards in the Mediterranean, but it is certainly one of the oldest wine growing...

Greek viticultural history began, so to speak, with a fling of the supreme god Zeus with the beautiful Seméle (daughter of Harmonia, goddess of concord), which led to the birth of Dionysus, the god of wine, joy, grapes, fertility and ecstasy. Ancient Greece, or rather the island of Crete in particular, due to archaeological findings, is considered one of the "cradles of European wine culture". Already in the Mycenaean culture in the 16th century B.C. (Mycenae = northeastern Peloponnese) there was viticulture, as indicated by the amphorae found. Wine was an important part of the drinking culture of...

The red grape variety originates from Greece. Synonyms are Aleatiko, Liatico, Liatis, Mavroliatis and Stafili Tu Louliou. It is believed that the variety (among many others) was used to produce the famous Malvasia wines, which were shipped or exported from the historic Greek port of Monemvasia as early as the 13th century. It should not be confused with the Italian variety Aleatico, as well as the no longer cultivated Mavrodiates, Mavroliatis and Mayrodiates, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological or name similarities. According to DNA analyses...

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