Commandaria

Wednesday, 20. June 2012 Website Admin

Commandaria is the oldest wine in the world still being produced until today. For the past 3,000 years this very special sweet concoction has been pressed from dried grapes. There is evidence that its unbroken tradition began in the year 1,100 B.C. with the wine’s reference in Homer’s writings. Its great time came in the Middle Ages when Richard the Lionheart took possession of the island of Cyprus. He came to appreciate its wine and made sure that it was heard of for the first time in his home country England. The Knights Templars, who took control of Cyprus the same year and following them the Knights of the Order of Saint John, subsequently carrying its excellent reputation world-wide. In the vineyards of their commandry’s estates, La Grande Commanderie, the crusaders produced the sought after Commandaria. Here – and only here – the grapes for the honey-like drink are being cultivated and pressed to this day.

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