Top 10 wine gods and goddesses

11th January, 2013 by Rupert Millar

8. Yi-ti

Bronze Age Chinese wine vessels

Bronze Age Chinese wine vessels

A Chinese god credited with creating the first rice wine. Sadly, there is little to be found on Yi-ti, aside from a vague story about how he created his concoction for a great emperor, the sort of character that always seems to be on hand in good mythology.

Nonetheless, slightly more exists on the Bronze Age Chinese drinks trade. In 1995 an archaeological dig by a Sino-American team unearthed evidence of beer and wine production dating back 4,600 years.

What is more, the wine was being made from grapes as well as rice although grape wine is thought to have fallen out of popularity for a while and drinks made from lychees, sorghum and millet were more common.

By 125BC grape wine was back thanks to the travels of the Han Dynasty diplomat, Zhang Qian.

However, it was only around the time of the Tang Dynasty in around 600AD that wines are thought to have truly proliferated.

 

4 Responses to “Top 10 wine gods and goddesses”

  1. Robert says:

    It seems that the ancients knew to mix alcohol consumption and sex.

  2. Wes says:

    You missed out Jesus. Turned water into wine… and told us to drink it in memory of him.

    • A learned Pagan says:

      However, he himself is not a god. Kind of has to be to make the list.

      • A learned Pagan says:

        Granted, he is a part of a (monotheistic by name only) pantheon in which he is the SON of a god. Making him by definition a demi-god. He however turned water into wine, but was never named or claimed as a deity of drink.

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