Another Thracian legend tells of Orestiy and his dog Sirius. According to it, the dog miraculously gave birth to a piece of wood, which Orestiy buried in the ground and next spring from it grew the first vineyard. Orestiy is the son of Deucalion, which is something like a Greek version of Noah. And according to the Bible, Noah planted the first vine after the flood. Coincidences are many and are intended to show that the wine invariably accompanies the history of humanity, and is an integral part of the history of Bulgarian lands.
Thracians worshiped wine and the most striking example is Dionysus. They had well developed viticulture, and the Slavs and Bulgars continued highly developed tradition ofter coming to the Balkan Peninsula. For Thracians, wine was a magical drink. They drew inspiration and strength. Consumption has been an integral part of rituals that are practiced. Precisely wine was that elixir that uplifted the spirit of the enlightened and allowed it to leave the body and enter into the world of the gods, to get their advice and guidance. For the Thracians, wine was associated with joy and bliss, with pledge and divination. For the Thracians everything was shared, except for two things – the sword and the glass.
Traditions and methods of winemaking were inherited and sustained and because of all this, many Bulgarian traditions, legends and other folk-style manifestations are related to the vines. The national songs also praise the wines and the grapes and evidence for the great development of viticulture during the time of the Thracians can be found all over Bulgaria’s territory.
There are numerous monuments and archeological excavations in the form of amphoras, rhytons, and jugs used for serving wine. Nevertheless, the greatest interest has been placed on the Panagyurishte golden treasure, comprising of golden dishes for drinking wine.