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The culture of the vine and winegrowing originates south and east of the Mediterranean basin, principally with the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilisations.  Wine presses going back as far as 8 ,000 B.C. have been found in Syria.


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The culture of the vine and winegrowing originates south and east of the Mediterranean Basin, principally with the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilisations. Wine presses going back as far as 8 ,000 B.C. have been found in Syria. Later the Phoenicians and the Greeks developed vine culture all over the Mediterranean Basin. In turn the Romans planted vines in Gaul and in Germania. In Athens, as in Rome, a cult dedicated to Bacchus Dionysos, the god of wine, was celebrated. During great popular feasts, processions of Bacchantes and of Satyrs dansed themselves into a frenzy, thus stimulating mad drunkenness. With the fall of the Roman Empire, winegrowers declined and it wasn’t until the 8th century, with Charlemagne, and above all in the 12th century, with monasteries, that winegrowing flourished in quantity and quality.

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