Egyptian civilization is one of the oldest traceable civilizations on the planet. Carbon dating of remnants has shown the society to have an established culture since 6000 BCE. Egyptian history is divided into two parts based on its rulers. For part of its ancient history, pharaohs were the rulers of Egypt. Their ideas of religion, culture, and traditions differed from those of the Roman rulers who came to power after them. Regardless of who ruled the country, wines have been an essential part of their history.

Gift From Levant

Historians believe that Egypt had its first wine production in 2700 BCE after some foreign settlers from the Levant started cultivating the region near the delta Nile. The first brand of wine had five, predominantly red, flavors. There were considerations about producing the wine using pomegranates instead of grapes, but the idea didn’t materialize until it was essential. Egyptian pharaohs developed an addiction to wines, but this habit wasn’t celebrated in the country.

The Traditions of Ancient Egypt

 The tradition described that overripe and fermented grapes held the blood of sinful people, which should be presented to prisoners only. It was said that once a man indulges in wine drinking, the blood of wrongdoers enters his body and pushes him towards tasks that were against the religion.

The religion deemed red wine to be the blood of wrongdoers that has been stored in grapes.

Heads of ancient Egypt decided to quit their drinking habits and stop presenting the wine to their Gods. However, the addiction to red wine took over. They were unable to resist the temptation of drinking. This was the moment when white wine culture started developing in Egypt.

Lack Of White Wine’s Supply

During 1500 BCE, rose wine wasn’t an understandable concept, and producing white wine was challenging. Various historians have claimed that Egyptian pharaohs called out white wine from foreign countries. The wine was stored in large containers and brought to the royals. Nevertheless, some historians also believe that the demand for white wine overpowered its supply. The producers had to switch to other fruits for production. Pomegranates, figs, and dates were the preferred choices, and for several years, white wine was produced using them.

The Change in Norms

After the Roman takeover, Christianity became the focal religion of the region, and wine became a celebrated drink. It was used widely at festivals, religious exhibitions, and events. The foreign colonization also provided Egypt with wide varieties of wine that included various types of grapes. The recent research at the Church of Alexandria—a famous monastery in ancient Egypt—had shown large reserves of wine that were stored hundreds of years ago.

In 2008, a study conducted in the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai showed several wines and foreign coins, indicating that Egyptians might have imported different wines from other parts of the world, mainly from America.

Stashes Of Wine Discovered After 1000 Years.

Tutankhamun was a young king to the Egyptian throne; after hundreds of years past his death, his empire is still reminiscent of his lavish lifestyle. Archeologists have found more than 3000 treasured items in his region, consisting of great bracelets and heavy coins; however, a recent discovery had topped them all. Large stashes of wine have been uncovered from the king’s fort. Surprisingly, the researchers have shown that the traces were red wines instead of the expected white wine.

Egyptian civilization was one of the most modern civilizations of their time. They are popularly known for hosting one of the world’s greatest wonders in the form of a pyramid; however, their study and beliefs about wine also broaden our research horizon regarding their conduct in other spheres of life.

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