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The wine merchant
Alias the wineseller[1]
Culture Westerosi

Played by Simon Lowe
TV series Season 1

A wine merchant is a wine trader that attempts to assassinate Daenerys Targaryen. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is portrayed by Simon Lowe.


He is a small man, slender and handsome, with flaxen hair curled and perfumed in the Lysene style.[1]

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A Game of Thrones

The wineseller is part of the trade caravan of Byan Votyris, encamped in the Western Market of Vaes Dothrak. He offers Daenerys Targaryen a taste of sweet Dornish red, initially believing her to be Tyroshi due to her speaking in the High Valyrian of the Free Cities. After Doreah identifies her, the wineseller tries gives her a cask of dry red from the Arbor, hoping she will drink the poisoned wine and he will reap the castle and lordship offered by Robert Baratheon for the death of Viserys or that of Daenerys and her unborn child. After Ser Jorah Mormont, who has learned of the assassination attempt from a letter from Illyrio Mopatis, intervenes and demands a taste, the wineseller tries to stall but relents and pours him a cup. He then tries to flee after Jorah and Daenerys demand him to taste the wine first. He is stopped, however, by Jhogo. Byan Votyris orders two of his words to keep the wineseller imprisoned to be sentenced by Drogo and offers his goods to Daenerys as a token of regret.

Drogo sentences that, as he had tried to run from Daenerys, he should run after her. The day Drogo's khalasar departs Vaes Dothrak, the wineseller is stripped naked and chained from throat and wrists to Daenerys' silver, forced to run after her, barefoot and stumbling, until his death.[1]

A Storm of Swords

Daenerys remembers dragging the merchant to death.[2]


Sweet reds, I have sweet reds, from Lys and Volantis and the Arbor. Whites from Lys, Tyroshi pear brandy, firewine, pepperwine, the pale green nectars of Myr. Smokeberry browns and Andalish sours, I have them, I have them.[1]

—The wineseller offering his products

That? Dornish swill. It is not worthy of a princess. I have a dry red from the Arbor, crisp and delectable. Please, let me give you a cask.[1]

—The wineseller offers the poisoned wine to Daenerys

I am not worthy of this vintage, my lord. And it's a poor wine merchant who drinks up his own wares.[1]

—The wineseller stalling

Daenerys: I need clever men about me if I am to win the Iron Throne.

Jorah: That wineseller who tried to poison you was a clever man as well. Clever men hatch ambitious schemes.

Daenerys: You will protect me. You, and my bloodriders.[3]


External Links

Wineseller article on the Game of Thrones wikia.