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Greek port city (also Malvasy, Monembasia, Monemvassia) with almost 5,000 inhabitants today. It lies on a rock off the coast of the province of Laconia on the southeast side of the peninsula Peloponnese, Because of its difficult ingestibility, it was considered the "Gibraltar of the East". It owes its name to its location, "moni embasia" means "only access". In an extremely eventful history, it was under the rule of Byzantium, the Franks, again Byzantium, the Ottomans, the Pope, of Venice, then again the Ottomans, again from Venice and finally the Turks, until they finally joined the Greek War of Liberation in 1821 Greece fell. In the late Middle Ages the city was particularly under Venetian rule wine trade a famous transshipment point for Sweet wines from the Aegean especially from the islands Crete (Candia) Paros. Santorini (Thira) and Cyprus that have been shipped from here to many European countries. This resulted in the collective term by verbal horn Malvasia for the mostly sweet dessert wines from various grape varieties that are often not even related. There is also a Greek grape variety called Monemvasia,

Monemvasia - view from the fortress

In 2010 the new appellation Monemvasia-Malvasia was created. The area includes the regions of Asopos, Molai, Monemvasia and Vies in the south of the region or peninsula Peloponnese, It is, so to speak, the revival of the historic sweet wine. A minimum of two years is mandatory oxidative expansion; with longer ripening, the duration must be four years or a multiple of four (8, 16 etc.). It can also be different vintages (Vintage) similar to that Solera at the sherry are mixed, whereby on label the youngest year is to be given. The wine must be made from dried grapes of the varieties Monemvasia (51%), Assyrtiko. Asproudes and Kydonitsa be pressed. There is one Liastos and one Fortified,

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