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The best kept secret about wine on display in Rome

2013-11-29

Before Italy became a united country, and before even the Vatican or the Roman empire, Italian wine was well known throughout Europe.

YANN GRAPPE
Wine History Professor, University of Pollenzo (Italy)
"The ancient Greeks called ancient Italy 'Enotria,' the land of wine. You need to imagine that in that time, Italy was sprinkled with vineyards. There were vineyards everywhere.”

"The Culture of Wine in Italy” portrays the history of this drink in the Mediterranean country. Next to the statues of the pagan God Bacchus are painting of Christ, as well as a Picasso drawing. They all have one thing in common: wine.

The exhibit also shows how the wine is made, and the different varieties, according to each Italian region.

In addition, the art show combines traditional to more advanced art techniques. All in the quest to discover why humans have drank wine from the beginning of time.

YAN GRAPPE
Wine History Professor, University of Pllenzo (Italy)
"The secret of wine, even beyond it's mythological, religious, and symbolic implications, is that people liked it. Of course, it also got people drunk, and left them in happy spirits.”

The exhibit is open until November 30. It's a small preview for the 2015 Milan Expo. After so many years, Italians have learned that without wine, there is no celebration.


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