There are lots of great reasons to clear land mines from formerly war-torn countries, but getting wine production back up to speed has to rank high on the list.

In Croatia, the wars of the early 1990s made the country a battleground. And the Ilok vineyards, on the Danube River and close to the Serbian border, were mined by both sides. But in an article titled “Croatian Mines Replaced by Wines,” the BBC reports that those mines have finally been cleared and the vineyards can begin growing the grapes that will become the region’s mighty Grasavina and Traminac wines. Dry and aromatic, these varietals resemble Rieslings and Gewürztraminers.

So lift a glass in support of peace and to celebrate the rebirth of an old wine-growing region.

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