What has happened to Greek wine over the last 2000 years? Undisputed leaders to no hopers, overtaken by the likes of Bulgaria, Chile and even the New World.
It's a sorry tale. But their legacy in Italy carries on. In fact, history tells us that around 300 BC a plot of land used for the cultivation of wine was worth six times more than a similar area dedicated to cereals.
It was such big business those days that the region now known as Calabria was named 'Enotria'.
Of all the wines in the region, 'Cirò' is the most celebrated and is perhaps the wine which most retains its Greek heritage. It is still made with the same grape imported by the ancient Greeks and it this 'Krimisa' wine was the one given to the winning athletes of the classical Olympic games.
Also look out for the 'Ciro Marina' which is cultivated near the ancient colony of 'Cremissa' and the inevitable 'Enotria' which is shamelessly branded as the most Greek of Italian wines.
Two additional grapes include the 'Gaglioppo' to be found almost exclusively in the provinces of Catanzaro and Cosenza and the 'Greco Nero' a direct descendent of those vines imported by the Greeks.