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Oinotria

The first Greeks arrived in Italy around 1,000 BC and founded numerous colonies on the island of Sicily, as well as on the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts of Calabria and Campania. The Etruscan inhabitants living here at that time were already cultivating vines. Oinotria was a kingdom in the southern part of Calabria and existed from 600 to 350 BC. It was named after Oenotrus, who, according to legend, was the youngest of the 50 sons of Lycaon (a son of King Priam of Troy). Oenotria's most important king was Italos, the namesake of Italy, who had a significant influence on the kingdom. The Greek winery Costa Lazaridi in Attica produces a line of wines under the name "Oenotria Land", which refers to the mythology and Oenotrus.

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