Kantina Annesco - Malta Playing Arts

Kantina Annesco

The earliest evidence of grapevine cultivation and wine-making dates to the Neolithic period, more than 7,000 years ago (read Box front). Viniculture came to Malta at the latest with the Phoenicians between 1,200-900BC (for Phoenicia read Aceand 2). In the 5th century BC, Greek historian Thucydides wrote “people of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learnt to cultivate the olive and the vine”, referring to a time between 3,000-2,000BC. Throughout the millennia and to this day there are a number of Maltese vintners with their family-run, small vineyards who practice this tradition.

Here bottles of homemade wine are labelled with the family crests of the four most common Maltese surnames: (1) Borg, (2) Camilleri, (3) Vella and (4) Farrugia. The Maltese hosts and their Diaspora visitors (→6♠) are on shore sampling their reds (photographed atop a fluffy beach towel) while watching the start of the race taking place in the preceding card.

(text by Margit Waas)