1 History 2 Production 3 See also 4 References
This distinctively salty style of wine was, according to Pliny,
invented accidentally by a slave, who added sea water to the must to
meet his production quota. The result apparently became popular,
and was imitated by neighboring wine makers, such as those on Rhodes.
From about the 4th century BC, it began to be exported in large
quantities. Since the addition of salt water tended to mask any
local distinctiveness, other regions even began manufacturing amphorae
in the Coan style in which to ship their imitations of Coan-style
wine, meaning that by some point "Coan wine" became a generic term for
a style of wine that was in fact made in many different locations.
The wine's reputation was quite good in classical Greece—Strabo
mentions it alongside the well-regarded Chian and Lesbian wines.
The connoisseurs of ancient Rome, however, preferred wines without sea
water added, and both Pliny and
Ancient Greece and wine
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