Updated: Jun 30, 2020
From antiquity through modern times, wine has been a symbol of civilization. Central to a variety of religions and cultural traditions throughout the world, wine has consistently represented community and the joy of coming together.
The precise location of the first grapevines is not known but historians surmise that they probably grew between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, somewhere around Armenia. We know from the historical record that grapes were eventually cultivated in Egypt, and that wine has existed since at least the third millennium BC. That makes sense given the climate in that region and throughout the Mediterranean Basin provided the ideal growing conditions for grapes.
In ancient Greece, drinking wine daily and during celebrations was the norm. It was typically served with three parts water to one part wine — to Greeks, drinking undiluted wine to become intoxicated was considered barbarous.
There are extensive references to wine throughout Greek mythology. Dionysus, the god of wine was a particularly infamous and complex figure. He possessed both a festive and darker side and was usually depicted surrounded by jovial companions indulging in the drink’s wicked pleasures. Dionysus also symbolized renewal — winter’s dormant grapevines awaken each spring to yield a bounty of new grapes. In one story that closely mirrors that of Jesus Christ, Dionysus is sacrificed, devoured, and then reborn.
Wine has always been highly symbolic to Christians and is present throughout the Bible. For instance, after the great flood, the first living thing that Noah planted was a grapevine. When the wine ran out during the wedding at Cana, Jesus performed his first public miracle and transformed water into wine, restoring the lively celebration. The most important use of wine in the Bible was at the Last Supper when Jesus gathered his disciples for a final meal before his crucifixion. He made bread and wine the sacred symbols of his body and blood, thus creating the Christian rite of the Eucharist.
Because of the Last Supper, many Christians feel that a celebratory meal would be incomplete without wine. It represents conviviality and is the result of gifts given by God to be taken from the earth and transformed for consumption and enjoyment. The Bible does warn, however, that the excessive use of wine to induce drunkenness can result in poor behavior and, if abused, could be bad for society.
Today, in climates similar to those in the Mediterranean, vineyards can be found all over the world. Having our own family vineyard in Frosinone, Italy, we at DoorXDoor Delivery understand how owners face the same challenges of cultivation that their predecessors faced and require the same patience, expertise, and grit in order to be successful. Here, in our own county located in Peachland, North Carolina, for example, the good folks at the Vineyard at the Old Place understand that growing grapes and creating the very best wine requires both endless attention and an unyielding passion.
When it’s time to celebrate your own traditions, let DoorXDoor Delivery assist you with your wine needs and deliver directly to your work, home, or place of worship. We’re available seven days a week to order online. You’ll be clinking your glasses and saying “cin cin” in no time!