Wine in Jesus' day


The wineskins in the gospel today (July 7) got me to thinking in an obliquely tangential manner about the wine in Jesus’ day.

Does anyone know if they had white wine then? I’m no vintner, but obviously I’d assume it’s a function of the grapes that grew in 1st century Israel, about which I have no idea. Our old “friend” google has been little help.

The background to this is that I’ve tried to make meals in the past that approximate what St. Martha would have prepared for him or perhaps even the wine he created in his first miracle. Yes, that’s a MAJOR approximation! It hasn’t been superstition or any kind of devotion. I have just wanted to try to get as close to feeling it as I could 2K years in the future.


It seems they did have white wine back then.

This CNN article will probably interest you:

From the article:

Drori, a wine researcher at the Samaria Regional R & D Center at Ariel University, examines preserved grapeseeds found in archaeological digs to identify the types of grapes used to make wine.

He says there were different varieties of wine in biblical times: red and white, dry and sweet. But he says they likely didn’t make wine from specific grapes, such as modern-day cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

His research has identified 120 varieties of grapes unique to the region, of which about 20 are suitable for making wine.


if The right grape varietals were growing , there was white and red wine


haha, looks like I got frustrated too soon. Either that or google’s algorithms don’t have me pegged as a CNN guy!

I was happy to learn that they most likely had hummus. TY! :smiley:


I’d like to have a glass or ten of the wine Jesus turned from water in Cana, it must have been beautiful.


White wine doesn’t come as a consume of the varietal, but rather not keeping the skins during early fermentation.

You could make a white out of nearly anything (and I think White Zinfandel is a horrid abuse of good Zinfandel grapes . . .)



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