The south-eastern European island state lies about 90 kilometres south of Sicily, the coast of Africa is about 300 kilometres away. Malta has been a member of the EU since 2004 and is divided into the three inhabited islands of Malta (246 km²), Gozo (67 km²) and Comino (3 km²) as well as the uninhabited islands of Cominotto, Filfla and St. Paul's Islands. The Phoenicians settled the island around 800 BC and introduced viticulture. This was continued by the Romans after the Third Punic War and the conquest of Carthage from 200 BC, when they occupied the island. The Knights of the Order of St John (the later Knights of Malta) produced mainly Mass wine during their rule from the 16th to the 18th century.
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