Wine is one of the oldest beverages known to mankind. Since the dawn of civilization, it has been renowned for its power to impact joy, allay fears, foster inspiration, arouse love, and blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy. Owing to its ability to change one's mood and affect the senses, this remarkable beverage has been attributed with mysterious powers.
This book covers some five thousand years of drinking culture, from the Chalcolithic period through Byzantine times.
The chapters present the different aspects of the topic, beginning with methods of cultivating grapes, the stages of winemaking, types of wine known in antiquity, and the tastes of ancient drinkers. Also discussed are the various types of wine containers used in the ancient world.