Wine in Antiquity Tours at the Cycladic Museum of Athens
Wine is considered a major cultural factor and indicator, offering pleasure, entertainment, collective identity of political prestige. It was a powerful weapon in the hands of those who controlled its distribution. The roots of viticulture can be traced back to the agricultural revolution of the Neolithic period (5.000 BC), while during the 5th and 4th c. BC the Symposium became a very important social institution in Greek societies and one of the greatest means of socialization.
High quality vessels were produced for Dionysus’ precious gift. The visitor will discover the history and the development of viticulture over the centuries and the crucial role of wine in ritual practices.
Following the guided tour, guests can enjoy a variety of delicacies at the Museum's Cycladic Café. The price includes cheese and meat platter choices accompanied by white and red wines from the Papagiannakos Winery.
Cheese & meat platter
- Parmesan cheese, San Michali Cheese P.D.O., aged kasseri cheese
- Naxian gruyere P.D.O cut in small pieces
- Cherry tomatoes, nuts, dried fruits, crackers and breadsticks
- Mini barley rusks topped with eggplant salad sauce and xynomyzithra (whey cheese)
- Mini canapés with prosciutto from Evrytania and aromatic butter
- Anthotyros cheese balls with aromatic herbs, nuts and prosciutto
Wine: White and red wine from Papagiannakos Winery.
• Guests can order anything additional from the Cycladic Cafe's menu. Extra charges will apply according to the menu's prices.
• In case of food allergies or intolerances please inform the Cycladic Cafe's staff.
The tours, taking place in either Greek or English, are created for groups of up to 6 people and must be arranged in advance (cycladic.gr).
Date & Time:
- Friday July 8th, 2022
- Friday July 15th, 2022
- Friday July 22nd, 2022
- Friday July 29th, 2022.
Guided tour "Wine in Antiquity": 12:00 - 13:00.
Cheese & Wine: 13:00 - 14:00.
Cycladic Art Museum
Neofitou Douka Street 4