Wine is a part of culture in ancient Greece
Ancient Greece is famous not only for its poets, philosophers, architectural monuments. This sunny, southern country is also famous for its wine-making culture. The secrets of making wine in ancient Greece brought the Phoenicians. Later, when the Greeks were able to master this work, the wines of Greece were considered tasty and the best at that time. Vineyards in Greece were located in open areas, where there was a lot of light, moisture, heat. It is also known that the Greeks selected grape varieties, selected its best species. With this they sought to obtain varieties with excellent taste. Greek wine was very strong. It had a high sugar content.
Although winemaking has become an integral part of the culture of Greece, but wine has long been a drink of wealthy, chosen people. It was served only on solemn feasts and on holidays.
The process of making the drink was laborious and complicated. To obtain a certain sort of wine, it was necessary not only to bring out, grow the required type of grape, it was also necessary to correctly harvest ripe and juicy berries, then process them skillfully. The main thing – it was necessary to be able to save the product.
Wine from the Greeks has never been “delayed”, as it was consumed a lot at that time. Wine drank and slaves. They got the wine of the secondary haul.
There is no doubt that drinking wine was not easy.
quenching thirst. It was also a specific ritual and style of communication. So, for example, during the festival it was considered necessary to drink the gods and loved ones. Sometimes they organized disputes and tournaments during which they drank wine and exchanged right-handed praises or witticisms.
Another question that always arises when talking about Greek wine. It consists in the following. Why did the Greeks constantly dilute wine with water? Answer this question definitely can not. Opinions on this issue differ. The most common version is that the wine was diluted in order not to get drunk when drinking large amounts of wine. Another option suggests that water from wells was unsafe to drink at that time. In order to disinfect it, added wine. Well, of course, the wine was also diluted because it was too sweet and sugary in taste. On hot days, ice was added to the wine instead of water. Also, in ancient Greece used wine for medicinal purposes. He added medicinal herbs, healing roots. And it is often heated.
Winemaking is not spared art. Numerous paintings on the dishes, bas-reliefs could convey to us information about how wine was made in Greece. The poet of ancient Greece, Hesiod in his poems gives interesting advice about the proper picking of grapes, making wine. Until now, archaeologists have found drinks of ancient Greece, but, unfortunately, they can no longer be consumed.