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Retsina

Resinated wine (Rezine = resin) is probably one of the best-known wines in Greece and was already being produced in ancient Hellas. Due to the hot climate, the Greeks were confronted with the problem of shelf life and found a solution. They sealed the opening of the amphora with pine resin and also covered the surface of the wine with a layer of resin and oil. However, due to a lack of knowledge, it was wrongly assumed at the time that the better shelf life achieved solely through the seal was due to the resin. This led to the development of the wine that characterised Greek drinking culture, and the resin method is still used today.

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