The cultivation of the wild vine began as early as the Neolithic Age. Before reaching Thrace, however, we are led by archaeologists to Areni, Armenia. The oldest wine cellar, about 8 thousand years old, was discovered there.
Echoes of the prehistoric development of vine-growing and wine production in our lands are found in the Ancient Greek myth about Dionysus, who, starting his way from the mountain Ararat, brought a vine sprout to Thrace first.
Wine could be viewed as a philosophy, socialization, a symbol of social prestige and lifestyle.
The project envisages interactive presentation of the wine traditions of South-Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region. Bulgarian partners to the project are: National Commission of Bulgaria for UNESCO, Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO, Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Science. The countries from South-Eastern Europe and from the Black Sea Region are invited to participate.