The word “Symposium” is used internationally to describe “a meeting of experts to discuss a particular subject”. As a matter of fact it is a Greek word and its exact meaning is “gathering to discuss great ideas after good food and fine wine”.
So strong the tradition of wine has been in Greece, that the Ancient Greeks were worshiping Dionysus the god of feast and wine!
Grape vine is a self-sown plant in Greece, whose traces are found in the period prior to the Ice Age. Cultivation of the domesticated grape vine begins in Greece, in several areas, around 4500 BC. Grape wine has been constantly produced in Greece ever since.
Since then, and throughout the long history of Greek wine, all Greeks are historically connected with wine and viticulture in every aspect of their lives, through culture, economy, religion, social and daily life
Since the mid 8th century BC, the Greeks created new colonies on the Black Sea and the western Mediterranean and southern France, exploring new places to offer their goods. This was the first time that the wine culture meets the shores of the western Europe.
Modern wine culture derives from the practices of the ancient Greeks.