In the 6th century BC Denia (Alicante) was already producing wine, specifically in the Alt of Benimaquia there is one of the oldest towns and wineries in Europe. Its strategic location in the Western Mediterranean, a place of transit and encounters, became a key element in the development of Alicante wines. Possibly, it was the Phoenicians who introduced the vine to the province. Later, the Romans were great cultivators.
The archaeological remains, especially in the Marquesado area, confirm the presence of wine amphorae and large “Villae”, destined to vine farming, and there have even been remains of a factory of amphorae of this type.
Viticulture was so important for the families of Alicante that in 1510 Fernando el Católico prohibited the marketing of wines from other lands through the port of Alicante.