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The Ancient Wine Route

Posted on: 22 Jul 2013

From Dionysus to modern day

The Ancient Greek religion had deified wine through Dionysus, the God of wine and euphoria. Dionysus is evidence for how old the cultivation of grapes and production of wine in Greece is. The oldest vineyard in South-eastern Europe, Nemea, has an area of 25000 square meters, and has been producing wine for 3000 years.

We will tour a winery and learn the secrets of wine production, perhaps shedding light on why the Ancient Greeks held the drink in such high regard. We hope to explore how this drink has become sacred in Christianity, in the form of the Holy Communion. The word has even been passed on to many languages, while retaining the same linguistic root: Oivos, wine, gwin (ancient gaelic), vinium (latin).