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The Greek volcanic island (also Lemnos, Limnio) in the northern Aegean Sea covers 480 km² and lies between the Athos peninsula in the north-west and the mainland of Asia Minor, which belongs to Turkey, in the east. According to Greek mythology, the limping Hephaestus (Roman Vulcanus), the Greek god of fire and the forge, lived here. In his work "Iliad", the poet Homer (8th century BC) mentions the island as the source of wine for the Greek army during the siege of Troy and tells how Hephaestus forged new weapons for the hero Achilles. Towards the end of the 19th century, phylloxera destroyed the vineyards with autochthonous vines, which were replanted mainly with Moschato Aspro (Muscat Blanc) and Muscat d'Alexandrie.

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