Greek Wine History
Winemaking has been an integral part of the Greek culture and history for over 4,000 years. The ancient Greeks knew the nutritional value of wine, and it became a part of their daily regimen and also was a large part of the local economy. The deity Dionysus, son of Zeus and Semeli was one of the most worshiped of Greek Gods as the God of the Grape harvest, Winemaking, Wine and the Theater. A delightful combination for any culture!
The Ancient Greeks organized gatherings called "symposia" where they would eat and discuss philosophical subjects while drinking wine. While moderation was strictly adhered to, the Greeks would utilize the beneficial effects of wine to help achieve greater intellectual clarity and spiritual awareness. Wine was always diluted with water before drinking in a vase called "kratiras," derived from the Greek word krasis, meaning the mixture of wine and water. The word Krasi is now currently used in the Greek language as the term for wine.