Wine, Art and History Experiences

Nina Wemyss
Wine Historian

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Bacchus, wall painting  from Pompeii, 1st century

  Harvesting grapes - Anchient egyption winemaking is described by Nina Wemyss during her talk on the history of wine
Harvest scene, Theban tomb painting, 15th century BC




The noted English historian Arnold Toynbee wrote, “Anyone who knows his history…must surely know his wines.” The history of wine follows the path of civilized man. Trace this fascinating journey in an illustrated 35 to 50 minute presentation.

Explore the evolution of wine with images from museums and private collections throughout the world. Learn about Dionysus, Bacchus, the discovery of champagne, our nation’s first wine connoisseur, Thomas Jefferson, and much more.  Wine has been part of the civilizing process for at least 7,000 years. Evidence of grape seeds has been found in prehistoric caves dating back to the Stone Age, and scholars believe that the cultivation of the vine played an important role in our evolution from nomadic hunter to agrarian settler.

Follow wine’s long and remarkable history from its beginnings in Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and into the golden age of winegrowing in France, Italy, and California.


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