Archeological excavation of ancient wine artifacts
Ticket Price: $89
Friday, Jun 21 6:30 PM

Journey back in time to the birthplace of winemaking and discover the ancient origins of viticulture. This class will explore the rich history of wine production in Georgia, Armenia, and Lebanon - three countries with winemaking traditions dating back over 8,000 years. Taste rare indigenous grape varieties and styles to experience how wine was made in the ancient world. Learn about early winemaking methods, regional traditions, and how archaeologists have uncovered wine's beginnings. Discover that while times change, the human passion for fermented grapes is timeless.

Classes are 2 hours long, including a Q&A session with Astor Center Instructor, Vitalii Dascaliuc.

What you can expect:

  • 1 Welcome wine
  • 6 Tasting pours of wines following ancient traditions
  • Palate-cleansing bread & cheese
  • A 20% discount on all wines tasted to use in-store after class

What you will learn:

  • The origins of grape growing and winemaking in Georgia, Armenia, and Lebanon
  • How archaeologists have uncovered evidence of 8,000+ year-old winemaking
  • Ancient winemaking methods like qvevri clay vessels and skin contact winemaking
  • The evolution of styles like amber wines and the spiritual significance of wine
  • How ancient traditions influence modern winemaking in these regions
  • How vines and wines spread from this region across the globe
  • How to taste and appreciate these unique and lesser-known ancient grape varieties

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Style: Guided Wine Tasting
Food Served: Bread & Cheese
Good for: Wine classes NYC, Unique event NYC, Wine tasting class

What people are saying about Astor Center:

“Vitalii leads fun and informative wine classes that leave me inspired and feeling confident in buying wine and ordering from a menu.”