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he wine making in Crete goes back to the dawn of civilisation in the island. |
There are numerous findings all over Crete that demonstrate the role that wine making played during the Minoan ages. Wine making was an occasion for feasting in ancient Crete with offerings to the Gods. In the photograph you can see the archaeological site of the minoan villa at Vathipetro in Archanes. There the archaelogists unearthed the ruins of a wine making installation and storage rooms full of clay jars for storing the wine.
Wine making continued throughtout the years and flourished especially during the roman ages.During that time, there were at least fifteen pottery workshops in the island, making clay jars for transporting the wine. Remnants of these jars have been unearthed in various towns on the Mediterranean shores, proof of the export activities of the Cretans.