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The wine of the pharaohs




he inhabitants of the Nile Valley grew vines and produced renowned wines for more than 3,500 years. They were familiar with the use of different grape varieties and the concept of vintages. Three Egyptologists present their work on ancient Egyptian winemaking, its role in ancient religion, and its place in society.

For a long portion of its history, Egypt was a beer-drinking country: this drink was part of their daily diet. The ubiquity of beer is most likely the reason for a growing interest in wine, a luxury product which could serve as a marker of social status. Different sources demonstrate the role of wine, as images decorating pharaohs’ tombs or via numerous references to wine in Egyptian literature.

Taking the form of a round table, these encounters primarily touch on Egyptian winegrowing, one of the oldest forms in the world: the origins of the vine in Egypt, the technical aspect of harvests, grape varieties, and wine production.

Secondly, Egyptologists will tackle the topic of wine consumption for people, the dead, and the gods, in particular relating to the idea of a banquet. 

With :
Marc Gabolde, professor of Egyptology, Paul Valéry University, Montpellier
Pierre Tallet, professor of Egyptology, Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV

Bernard Lalanne, president of AEG
Robert Vergnieux, Egyptologist

In partnership with the Association Egyptologique de Gironde


The podcast is available in french only.