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Cypriots are the Mediterranean's oldest winemakers as new archaeological evidence shows that winemaking on the island dates back some 5,500 years.

The island's winemaking tradition is already well documented, but the latest discovery proves that Cypriots were the region's oldest winemakers.

Commandaria, a Cypriot sweet dessert wine, is believed to be the oldest wine in the world still in production. But the world's oldest known winemaking process dates back about 7,000 years to Iran.

The origins of wine are unknown. Greek mythology names Dionysus, or Bacchus -- god of wine and mischief -- as its inventor in the Mediterranean, while historians believe it was discovered accidentally when some grapes were left to ferment.

The Sun Kissed southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains above Lemesos (Limassol) and Pafos are renowned for their vineyards and their delightful hillside villages. Take a tour of the wineries and while touring the Cypriot vineyards don't forget to visit the Cyprus Wine Museum at Erimi.

Since ancient times Cyprus became a festivity place to celebrate the production of wine. The Wine Festival in Limassol may be considered a variation of the ancient festivities, a revival of the ancestor worship and rites in the honor of Dionysus, the god of vine and wine and Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love.

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