Wine: Modern Greek classics

Cultural and economic isolation led to the near-death of Greek wine, but its producers are now determined to bring it to the world, writes Tomas Clancy.

13th April, 2014
Wine: Modern Greek classics
Farmers collect grapes during the grape harvest in Heraklion, Crete. Picture: Getty

Greece's difficulties as a modern European nation didn't begin with the financial crisis and the EU bailout. They began 600 years ago, when the country was conquered in the wave of Ottoman triumphs that followed the capture of Constantinople and the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453.

The conquest of Greece and the subjugation of Athens that followed in the next few decades meant that, by the early 1500s, Greece was an Ottoman province. Vineyards were...

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