The country has a very old wine culture, because along the Dalmatian Adriatic coast the Illyrians were already cultivating wine in 1000 BC. The Greeks founded some colonies from 600 B.C. onwards. From this time comes the writing "The Feast of the Scholars", in which the wine production in the colony Issa (today's island Vis) is reported. A wine from here was even considered the best of the ancient wines of that time. The Roman emperor Probus (232-282) promoted viticulture in the third century AD and the Slavs who settled here in the seventh century continued to cultivate it. After settling in Dalmatia, the Croats developed viticulture as an important economic sector alongside olive growing and fishing. Around 1000 AD, the Republic of Venice conquered the regions of Dalmatia and parts of Istria and kept the rule for over 300 years.