The Telegraph

Medieval Sicily had a booming wine industry despite being under Islamic control, a University of York study has found. Researchers have discovered chemical residues of grapes in medieval containers indicating a prosperous wine trade on the Mediterranean island while it was under Muslim occupation during the 7th to 9th Century AD. The particular containers where the grape residue was found are called amphorae, and they are traditionally used for transporting wine throughout the Mediterranean at that time. A wine trade existed in Sicily before Islamic occupation, but it appears to have mostly been imported wine, with the emphasis on consumption rather than production. The new archaeological evidence suggests that the Islamic community had seen the opportunity, and turned their attention to production

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