Wine

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King Robert Baratheon in his cups - © FFG
Cersei Lannister drinking a cup of wine - by Matt Olson ©
King Robert Baratheon's wine cellar - © FFG

Wine in Westeros is comparable to wine in the real world. It is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented fruit juice, usually grapes. Wine is a very popular beverage. There are many different and unique vintages of wine in Westeros and beyond. Some vintages are vastly superior to others.

Vintages of wine

Westeros:

  • Arbor gold[1]
  • Dornish sour reds
  • Strongwine from Dorne - as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance
  • Sweet plum wine [2]
  • Sweet reds from The Reach

Essos and beyond:

References in the books

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Wine is sometimes watered down for children or at certain times of day.
  • Claw Isle's castle is reputedly stocked with more wines that a man could drink in a 100 years[11].
  • Small, tart grapes grow in the summer arbor on the Quiet Isle, from which the Brothers make a drinkable wine[13].
  • It is said that across the Jade Sea they make a golden vintage so fine that one sip makes all other wines taste like vinegar. [6]
  • During his brief stay at Illyrio Mopatis's manse in Pentos, Tyrion Lannister notes that there is enough wine in the manse's cellar to keep him drunk for a hundred years. The cellar includes a cask of strongwine marked as the private stock of Lord Runceford Redwyne, the grandfather of Lord Paxter Redwyne of the Arbor - the taste of it is languorous and heady on the tongue, the color purple so dark it looks almost black in the dim-lit cellar.
  • Illyrio tells Tyrion that when he and Varys were young men in Pentos, the older thieves were fools who thought no further than turning a night’s plunder into wine. [14]
  • While journeying in Illyrio's litter Tyrion drinks blackberry wine so sweet that it draws more flies then honey does.
  • Prince Aegon Targaryen tells Tyrion that as a child he was swapped with was some tanner's son sold to Varys for a jug of Arbor gold. The babe’s father had other sons but had never tasted Arbor gold.[1]
  • In the brothel in Selhorys Tyrion opts for the slave-whore with tight red curls upon her head. He says to the proprietor “I'll have a flagon too. Red wine with red flesh.” [1]
  • Penny throws a cup of gold wine Tyrion's face aboard the Selaesori Qhoran when she is still blames him for the death of her brother Oppo.
  • During her wedding ceremony to Khal Drogo, Daenerys Targaryen sits in her wedding silks with no one to talk to, nursing a cup of honeyed wine while talking silently to herself.
  • Xaro Xhoan Daxos tries to entreat Daenerys to journey around Yi Ti to search for the dreaming city of poets, to sip the wine of wisdom from a dead man’s skull.
  • The Pureborn are notorious for offering poisoned wine to those they consider dangerous[6]
  • Daenerys Targaryen nibbles on flatbread, olives, figs and cheese and sips from a cup of watered wine during her audience in the hall of the Great Pyramid. The wine leaves a tart metallic aftertaste in her mouth.[5]

Winesinks, Taverns, and Inns

Winesinks, taverns, and inns are all popular places to drink wine (and other alcoholic beverages) both in Westeros and across the Narrow Sea.

Westeros:

Essos and beyond:

Quotes

The world is full of wine.[9]
Tyrion Lannister


... there were always dangers when men were in their cups, and a king should never be unguarded...[15]
- Catelyn Stark


I mean to sail to Westeros and drink the wine of vengeance from the skull of the Usurper.[6]
- Daenerys Targaryen


You see the wonders than can be worked with lies and Arbor gold?[16]
- Lord Petyr Baelish, to Sansa Stark


Japes are one way to keep the fear away. Wine's another.[17]
Tyrion Lannister, to Penny

External Links

The Wine Grapes of Westeros

References and Notes

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