The history of wine
Wine is one of the oldest and most traditional drinks. Thousands of years ago it was drunk in the palaces of Shumer, it was a favorite drink of pharaohs and no celebration of the Chinese dynasty Shang ever began without it.
Wine also played an important role in the life of our ancestors. It is not a coincidence that its creator is considered to be the Thracian Dionysus Zagrei. Every year during the early spring the Thracians celebrated the rebirth of their great god. Then the people drank wine and took care of their vineyards, which is a custom still preserved in our tradition. During the celebrations people wore scary masks and goat skins and reenacted scenes from the life and death of the god. The stunningly beautiful golden dishes from Valchitran, Panagiurishte, Borovo and so on are familiar with the sweet smell of Thracian wine. With shiny ritons in hand rulers such as Teres, Sitalk and Seft have on numerous occasions raised a toast to the prosperity of their people and country.
Unlike their southern neighbors, our ancestors drank their wine without water in it – a fact, which simultaneously frightened the greeks and put them in awe. The ability of the thracians to handle the alcoholic beverage much easier than other people shows that our predecessors have known the intoxicating drink since ancient times and their organism has already developed the enzymes needed to process it.
The wine from our lands was famous in the ancient times with its extraordinary qualities. During the War of Troy the acheans received the highly-esteemed drink from Thrace. Odysseus was very impressed and even called the wine of Maron or Ismar a “godly drink.” Grapes, vineyards and Dionysus were so highly-regarded by our predecessors that they even displayed them on their coins, dishes and wall writings.