A rich, sweet wine that's a Minorca trademark

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Malvasía Wine

The 'wine of kings'

The peculiarly Mediterranean grape and sweet wine Malvasia (which back in the day was also referred to in English as Malmsey) originated, it's thought, in Greece. But it has also been cultivated and made on Minorca for centuries, and it was thanks to this island's importance as a trade entrepôt, and the passage through here of European occupiers such as the English and the French, that Malvasia became the rage throughout the rest of the continent, coming to be known as the "wine of kings" and touted by the likes of William Shakespeare. Production is centred around the towns of Alaior and Sant Lluis, and wine enthusiasts are welcome to come around for tours and tastings.

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