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Italian winemakers teamed up to recreate an alcoholic drink from the Greek island of Hisos

Italian winemakers teamed up to recreate an alcoholic drink from the Greek island of Hisos.

SUKHUM, Nov 23 – Sputnik. Wine using technology dating back nearly 2.5 thousand years was made by winemakers from Tuscany in Italy, together with local historians and scientists, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the winemaker Antonio Arrigi.

To get an ancient drink, it was necessary to withstand the berries in sea water near the island of Elba, then dry it in the sun, and then send it to clay amphora for fermentation.
The idea to recreate the ancient Greek wine Arrigi was proposed in 2018 by a professor of oenology from the University of Milan.
Researchers found that the inhabitants of ancient Greece immersed in the Aegean Sea in wooden baskets a solid sort of grape “ansonika”. In water, sea salt washed plaque from the berries, and the wine acquired a new taste. After that, honey and raisins were added to it, which made the wine suitable for transportation over longer distances. In addition, salt water increased the strength of the drink by about a degree – up to 12-13 degrees.

The experiment began in September 2018 with the scientific support of the University of Pisa. 200 kilograms of grapes were loaded into the sea in wicker baskets. There he lay for five days at a depth of seven meters. After that, the berries were taken out of the sea and hung on wooden poles for drying to partially dissolve the waxy coating and wither the berry.

The first batch of wine amounted to only 40 bottles. This fall, a new grape harvest went to underwater baskets, and then to amphorae. However, manufacturers want to send the second batch for sale.

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