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Mediterranean wines

The region is producing some of the most remarkable and undiscovered wines in the world

By Julia van der Vink   January 2013

Picking grapes at the Cornelissen winery, Etna

Whether it was first in Turkey, Georgia or Armenia, the area to the east of the Mediterranean is the birthplace of wine. Winemaking here stretches back throughout ancient civilisation, from the Mesopotamians to the Phoenicians.

While many wines from the wider Mediterranean region fell into obscurity over the last century—a result of image problems, caused by generally unremarkable winemaking—the area has been in the throes of a high renaissance during the past 25 years. Small producers in Sicily, Santorini, and Lebanon are currently…

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