The vineyard of Attiki has a long-standing winemaking history. Wine is thought to have been produced in the region since ancient times, and is considered to be among the oldest and most important vineyards in Europe. Wine has always held an important place in the religious and cultural life of the city of Athens, being connected with the social, economic, religious and artistic aspects of Greek life. Early in its history, the city of Athens developed strong commercial activity. Amphoras containing wine were sent all over the known ancient world, while kylix, kraters and other clay vessels, found in archeological excavations or shipwrecks, witness the city’s importance to wine-making.
In ancient Greece, the “symposium” (meaning drink together) was part of a banquet that took place after the meal. Wine was at the center of these social events and drinking for pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals or conversation. It was a forum for men of respected families to debate, plot, boast, or simply revel with others. They were frequently held to celebrate social and family achievements such as victories in athletic and poetic contests. Some of the greatest ideals of philosophy and democracy were born through the “symposia” (plural for symposium) in important cities of the ancient world such as Athens, Elefsina, Megara and Marathon, all located in the Attiki prefecture. Many of the topics, often philosophical, discussed during symposia still represent some of the great ideals of the modern world.