Ancient vines, modern wines – Winemaking in Ibiza
Ibiza owes a great debt to the Phoenicians. These intrepid travellers and traders settled in Ibiza some time around 650 B.C. bringing with them knowledge of navigation, various gods and goddesses, farming systems and building methods but the gift we should all be most thankful for is wine. Thanks to the Phoenicians, Ibiza has been cultivating grapes and producing wine for over 2,700 years and by the first century, ancient Greek historians were describing the island as a land of vines. Amphorae, cups and other objects have been discovered and some archaeologists have even surmised that the majority of wine consumed on the mainland in ancient Spain was once imported from Ibiza. Today, Ibizan viticulture is alive and thriving lead by the pioneering folk at Can Rich in Ibiza’s west.
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