Bacchanalia: the festivals of Bacchus, Roman God of Wine and Fertility

Bacchus was a Roman agricultural god who was associated with the harvest, particularly that of grapevines. The son of Jupiter by a human woman, Semele, he was raised by nymphs after her mother burned to ashes, overwhelmed by the splendor of Jupiter in his true form. Once he grew up, Bacchus wandered the earth learning about the culture of the vine and the mysteries of winemaking. He studied the religious rites of the goddess Rhea, and began sharing the good news far and wide. When Bacchus returned home from his…

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Edivo Vina Winery: dive for a drink at Croatia’s first and only underwater winery!

If you love wine and wandering around French vineyards or visiting California Wine Country isn’t adventurous enough for you, a trip to Croatia’s Pelješac peninsula might need to be your solution! Edivo Vina is first and only underwater winery, and if you want your very own hand-selected, barnacle-encrusted, underwater-aged bottle of vino, you’re going to have to dive for it! The unique winery, located in Drače on the Pelješac Peninsula about an hour north of Dubrovnik, is the brainchild of Edi Bajurin, who combined his two favorite hobbies to create…

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The American Revolution, fueled by a portuguese wine.

In summer 1775, while General George Washington outfitted his first mobile headquarters for the Continental Army, he seems to have intuited the importance of his people comforts. His personal expense accounts between 1775 and 1776 described lot of purchases for a privileged man like himself, to remain comfortable as he superintended a volunteer army: trunks, table linen, other things, and most important of all, copious liters of wine. For everybody, the life in an 18th-century war camp was not easy, and there were lot of moments of incredible boredom, in…

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