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Apart from giving birth to Dionysus, patron god of wine, Greece is the birthplace of the first VQPRD wines in history.  They were the wines of the Greek islands of Chios Island {Aegean Islands)   and Thassos island (Macedonia Region),  renowned in the entire ancient world. 
Due to various historic and social reasons, as well as natural disasters, the art of wine-making was neglected from the middle of  the nineteenth century until the early sixties. It was then that the ancient traditions  of wine-making started being rediscovered and today one can find many excellent Greek  wines produced all over the country.  When tasting Greek wine, bear in mind that it is  a product of a distinctive environment and of grape varieties unknown to western wine  lovers.  The wines of Greece are divided into 4 distinct categories: 
1) the Controlled  Appellations of Origin,
2) the Appellations of Origin of Superior Quality,
3) local wines and
4) table wines

The Controlled Appellations of Origin is a category that contains only liqueur wines, such as the Mavrodaphne of Kefaloniá island (Ionian Islands) and Patrás(Peloponnes), the Muscat wines of Patras, Limnos Island(North Aegean Islands), Kefalonia,Rhodes Island (dodecanissa Islands) and the Doux of Samos island  (North Aegean Islands).
The Appellations of Origin of Superior Quality category contains many of the very best wines  of Greece.  There are 20 locations  so far that have the right to Appellation of Origin.  In Northern Greece, there are the Appellations of Zitsa, Amynteo, Gouménissa and  Náoussa, in
Chalkidiki (Macedonia Region)the Appellation of Playies Melitona, in Thessaly Anchialos  and Rapsani, near Athens Kantza, in the Peloponnese the appellations of Patras,  Mantinia (peloponnes) and Nemea(peloponnes), on the Ionian islands the Robola of Kefalonia, on the islands of Paros, Limnos, Rhodes and Santorini, and finally on Crete(Crete isalnd) there are the appellations of Acharnes, Peza, Sitia and Daphnes.  The above categories of Appellations have a blue and a red banderole respectively, affixed over the mouth of each bottle. 

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