In the Minoan period Crete had already emerged as on of the most important wine-growing regions, with quality products from famous grape-stocks.
The use of wine, in moderation, was promoted by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, for both the healthy and the sick. Asclepius’ words are in agreement: ‘the usefulness of wine is second only to the power of the Gods – if it but be used in moderation’.
Apart from nutritional values, wine has an antibiotic value. The anti-microbial and anti-bacterial property of wine is due to its alcoholic content, along with acids and in particular the tannins present. Further the substance resveratrol in red wine lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol, and so increases the proportion of HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) in us. Thus, red wine helps protect the body against cardiovascular disease.
Wine, from the polyphenols present and the anti-oxidant vitamins (C and E) protects the body against the harmful ‘free-radicals’, which are also implicated in the growth of cancers.
More recent research shows that certain polyphenols in wine inhibit the action of enzymes that act as a catalyst in creating a cancer. Wine also looks to slow the onset of senile dementia and the progression of Alzheimer’s.
Today the acceptance of the Cretan diet as an ideal and healthy one leads to the recognition of the positive impact of Cretan wine on one’s health – as ever .. taken in moderation!
Read more about the Cretan Wines by following the Wine Routes.
Malvazia, the cretan wine
The Italian traveler Buondelmonti reports on Crete in 1415: "the ships arrive here from every corner of the world and load every year 20,000 barrels of wine of exceptional quality". Read more about Malvazia
The vine-growing part of Crete, in a sense the oldest in Europe, stretches from an altitude of 600 m unbroken down to the sea. They run on unhindered through many different landscapes – following every hill and fold, up and down – a delight to the beholder’s eye.Read more about the Cretan Vineyards