The tradition of wine growing on the island was strongly influenced from the 8th century onwards by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. The small-scale agricultural economy managed to keep wine production going and the art of wine production for households themselves. To the present day, this tradition has passed down from father to son. Wine trading began in the Pitiusas in 1990 and, in a very short time, it has become one of the best examples of Mediterranean wines, with a strong sense of Mediterranean identity. Very limited production guarantees quality over and above quantity. Wines are deeply aromatic in nature, provocative and balsamic, striking a balance between being soft-bodied yet full, and are ideal as an accompaniment for any of the local specialities. The local varieties are those of Monastrel (mourverdre) and Garnacha (grenache) in terms of red wines, whilst MalvasÝa stands out amongst white wines. Ibizan wines are produced in Sant Mateu, Buscatell and Sant Josep.