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CRETANS FIRST PRODUCED WINE DURING THE MINOAN PERIOD IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM BC. IN THOSE TIMES, GRAPE VARIETIES WERE LIMITED, BUT TODAY, IN ADDITION TO WORLD CULTIVARS, EVEN THE MORE OBSCURE VARIETIES ARE MAKING A COME-BACK AT THE HANDS OF A NEW GENERATION OF FORWARD-THINKING VINTNERS. UNTIL ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, THE ISLAND’S WINE INDUSTRY WAS MONOPOLIZED BY A HANDFUL OF LARGE COOPERATIVES, BUT THESE DAYS MANY SMALL ARTISAN AND ORGANIC VINEYARDS ARE BUILDING BRANDS AND PRODUCING AN ARRAY OF DEPENDABLE RED AND WHITE VARIETALS AND BLENDS THAT ARE PERFECT MATCHES WITH THE FOODS OF THE ISLAND. TODAY CRETE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 20% OF ALL WINE PRODUCED IN GREECE. ITS WINE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ORGANIZED INTO THREE MAIN AREAS, CENTERED ROUND THE CITIES OF CHANIA, SITIA AND THE LARGEST REGION AROUND HERAKLION (ARCHANES/PEZA). THE CHIEF LOCAL VARIETIES USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF RED WINES ARE KOTSIFALI, LIATIKO AND MANDILARI. THE LESSER-KNOWN WHITES OFFER THE REAL THRILL OF DISCOVERY AND INCLUDE VILANA, VIDIANO, DAFNI, PLYTO, THRAPSATHIRI, MALVAZIA DI CANDIA AND MOSCHATO SPINAS.


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