Thracian Wine Vessels and The Role of Wine in Thracian Culture by Zina Sorensen

The Thracians were a group of numerous Indo-European tribes who created a Thracian civilization and lived for millennia (from the middle of II BC – to VI AD) on a wide territory called Thrace stretching from the Carpathian Mountains to the Aegean Sea and Asia Minor. The Thracians were gifted craftsmen and processed metal into fine sets of vessels and pieces used for sacred wine rituals, soldier’s objects, golden masks etc. Most of the treasures excavated on the territory of modern Bulgaria consist mainly of wine vessels. The images on them provide information about the wine rituals and feasts. Paintings depicting dancing people, scenes with Dionysus – the God of wine, sacred animals and floral decor have been found on these vessels. Today, we admire the skilled goldsmiths who shaped these objects with such an exceptional beauty. Moreover, the vessels reveal to us the richness of Thracian culture and the special meaning of wine in their lifestyle in this archaic society. The Thracian kings and aristocracy used the vessels for their feasts and wine rituals. The wine vessels tell a story of how wine was drunk and the complicated way that wine was served and consumed.

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Taste of Southern Bulgaria (Wine, Food & History Group Tour) | 6-13 April 2020 by Bulgaria Wine Tours

Enjoy an 8-day group wine tour in the undiscovered wine country of Bulgaria. Taste unique local wines such as Mavrud and Broadleaved Melnik Vine. Discover the long history of wine making on the lands of modern Bulgaria. Uncover the fascinating stories behind the wines. Experience the passion of the Bulgarian winemakers and winery owners. Learn more about the wines, terroir, wine making and history of Bulgaria!

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