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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Commandaria, a dark sweet-wine speciality of the island of Cyprus with a honeyed, raisiny flavour and alcohol content usually around 15%, produced from partially dried grapes.

Evidence suggests that Commandaria is the oldest named wine in the world still being made today, with records of its production methods dating back to 800 bc. It was praised by the Greek poet hesiod, who described a sweet Cypriot wine, produced from sun-dried grapes, and is arguably the pioneer of the concept of controlled appellation. Cyprus Nama, the forerunner of Commandaria, was famed throughout the classical world (see dried-grape wines). See the history of cyprus for how Commandaria got its name.