The northeastern side sea of the Mediterranean between the east coast Greece and the Turkey is named after the Greek legendary figure Aegean, the King of Athens and father of the legendary hero Theseus. Here are countless islands or groups of islands such as Dodecanese, Sporades and Cyclades (Cyclades). Most of them were settled by the Greeks in 1000 BC. Viticulture and wine culture has an ancient tradition on many of these islands. Already in the antiquity the best Greek wines were produced here and delivered to Rome. On Chios (Khios) the poet died Homer (8th century BC), the island was considered the "Bordeaux of Greek wines" in ancient times. In the Middle Ages especially those Sweet wines popular from the islands that cross the harbor Monemvasia were shipped. The most important are Crete. Lesbos. Limnos. Mykonos. Paros. Rhodes. Samos and Santorini (Image). Most own as POP (earlier OPAP ) classified appellations. The vineyards cover around 9,000 hectares of vineyards. See also under Ionian Islands (West coast of Greece).