Constantinople was captured by the Crusaders in 1204 and remained under their control until 1261. The seat of the Empire was transferred to Nicaea, Bithynia, where we find the first mention of Monemvasios oenos, later known as Malvasias wine, by the traveler Nikolaos Messaritis. It was also in Nicaea that the church of Aghios Tryphon, the vintners’ patron saint, was reconstructed in 1258. Since that time and to date, Aghios Tryphon, the vintners’ patron saint, has been steadily celebrated in Greece.