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Greek port city (also Malvasy, Monembasia, Monemvassia) with today scarcely 5,000 inhabitants. It is located on a rock off the coast of the province of Laconia on the southeast side of the peninsula Peloponnese, Because of its heavy ingestibility it was considered "Gibraltar of the East". It owes its name to its location, "moni embasia" means "single access". In an extremely varied 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 finally in 1821 in the Greek War of Liberation Greece fell. In the late Middle Ages, the city was particularly under Venetian rule in the wine trade a famous transshipment point for Sweet wines from the Aegean especially from the islands Crete (Candia) Paros. Santorini (Thira) and Cyprus which were shipped from here to many countries in Europe. This resulted in the collective name due to corruption Malvasia for the mostly sweet dessert wines from different often not even related grape varieties. There is also a Greek grape called Monemvasia,

Monemvasia - view from the fortress

In 2010, the new appellation Monemvasia-Malvasia was created. The area covers 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. Mandatory is a minimum of two years oxidative expansion; with longer maturation the duration must be four years or a multiple of four (8, 16 etc.). It can also be different vintages (Vintage) similar to the Solera at the sherry be mixed, where on label indicate the most recent year. The wine must be made from dried grapes of the varieties Monemvasia (to 51%), Assyrtiko. Asproudes and Kydonitsa be pressed. There is one Liastos and one Fortified,

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