Ancient Thrace – the homeland of wine culture

What to start with the knowing of wine? If we try to answer this question, then we'll get into the context of a specific culture, where the unknown is a lot and there are both rational and irrational approaches – to the knowledge about it. Initially wine had been a mystery and the journey into the world of wine would be appropriate to begin with the mysterious ancient Thrace.

From the works of Homer, Herodotus and other ancient historians is known that the Thracians were skilled warriors, excellent farmers, they erected superb fortresses and towers and their honey and wine became truly legendary. Wine for the Thracians was in every sense of the word a drink, a nutritious liquid for the spirit and body. Their attitude towards wine became the basis of a high wine culture, forming a special quality approach to its acceptance and the wine – making.

Wine. A living legend

The process of knowing the wine culture is undoubtedly one of the most interesting tasks for the human mind. This process created the wine philosophy, which is an attempt to understand Man as such, in the process of wine consumption, and analyze the processes in his mind. The processes of development or degradation.

The Thracian culture is one of the oldest wine – producing cultures in the world, which had a great contribution to wine – making, and thus to the social life. The experiments that the mysterious Thracians carried out upon their own spirits are very curious.

What really connects the wine with the Heavens is unknown for certain, but as long as the earth reality prepared for us such a divine drink, then this connection is certainly not a fantasy, but a truth. Exactly Thrace is the place that is associated with the appearance of the God of wine. This is Zagreus, who later was reborn as Dionysus.

One of the biggest states in Europe in the V century BC, after the fight between the Scythians and the Persians, became the state, which was founded in the area between the Adriatic and the Black Sea by a Thracian tribe of the people of Edirne led by Teresa I. This is indicated by the Athenian historian Tusides Tusidides (V century BC). The heirs of Teresa, Sparadokos and Sitalkases and their offsprings up to the ruling of Cotys I, expanded their influence. In those times the area of Thrace extended from the mouth of the Danube to the shores of the Aegean and Marmara seas.

Subsequently the Odrysae dynasty even more strengthened the influence of the Thracians and Dionysianism not only in Thrace, but also in the neighboring countries. In the first place the Greeks. And even during the total decline, which is believed to have ended in the 45th year during the rule of Emperor Claudius, this culture was firmly established in the region, especially in the areas near Rome, where, however, Dionysianism acclimatized in a special way.

At any rate, between the Balkans and the Aegean Sea, the cult of Dionysus continued to exist until much later. Its influence can be found even in today's Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Greece and Italy – the countries where the Thracian culture had been most influential.

In this series, of course, is distinguished Bulgaria. Here, till now they continue to worship Zagreus, the Thracian God of Wine. He was associated only with wine – making, not with fertility, as it was before, when the images of the gods included more “functions”. According to mythology, the powers of the Earth swallowed Zagreus, but his heart was saved by Zeus, who gave him a second life and after that he got the name of Dionysus.

Ecstatic cults in Europe – the roots of winemaking

Dionysianism is a particular doctrine, which appeared in the Thracians, in fact, it became the first organized religion, honouring the Sun God Sabazius. The Orphism is just present in it, which, in fact is based on the art of ecstatic living. According to this teaching, the people can achieve immortality and go to the constellation of Hyades. But the constellation of constellations, and in this doctrine there