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The oldest wine in the world?

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The oldest wine in the world?

Commandaria wine from Cyprus is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest named wine in the world.

Arion McNicoll/CNNWinemaker Lefteris Mohianakis is attempting to bring new life to Cyprus's wine culture.

His award-winning Anama Concept wine, looks to the prehistory of Cypriot viniculture, to create a new wine inspired by 'nama', the 5,000-year-old predecessor of commandaria.

Arion McNicoll/CNNTo produce commandaria, grapes are left in the sun for 10 days after they are picked, which increases the density of their sugars.

Courtesy The Anama ConceptThe grapes are then pressed, the wine is fortified (usually with a high percentage grape-based alcohol) and then it is aged for at least two years in oak barrels before being bottled.

Courtesy The Anama ConceptThe most successful brand of commandaria is KEO St. John, which has been produced according to the legally enforced appellation for 100 years.

Arion McNicoll/CNNKEO's senior winemaker George Metochis (left), and Antoniou Dimitris, the senior oenologist oversee production of 100,000 litres of commandaria every year.

Arion McNicoll/CNNThe Anama Concept is steadily building a name for itself, and has won numerous awards including a silver award for the 2008 vintage at the Decanter World Wine Awards and a bronze award for the 2010 vintage.

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