In many religions, wine plays an important and liturgical role in worship. Since time immemorial, it has been used as an offering pleasing to God and as a medium to enter into mystical contact with God or the gods. Many peoples had their own wine gods, for example Bacchus among the Romans and Dionysus among the Greeks. In the Bible, too, there are numerous quotations on the subject of wine, some of them extensive. A central point of faith in the Roman Catholic Church is the transformation of bread and wine into Christ's flesh and blood within the framework of the Eucharist. The preparation of Mass wine was therefore indispensable for the practice of the Mass from the very beginning and a decisive motivation. Many monasteries therefore devoted themselves professionally to viticulture and winemaking. Numerous vineyards that still exist today have their origins in monasteries founded in the early Middle Ages.
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