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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


  • 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 often stored in skins and casks.
  • Wine is sometimes watered down for children or at certain times of day.
  • Boiling wine is sometimes poured into wounds to disinfect them.
  • Seamen are the worst gossips in the world when the wine is flowing.
  • Claw Isle's castle is reputedly stocked with more wines that a man could drink in a 100 years[10].
  • As they are breaking their fast in the Queen's Ballroom the morning of King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding, Sansa notices that Tyrion scarcely touches his food though he drinks several cups of wine.
  • Small, tart grapes grow in the summer arbor on the Quiet Isle, from which the Brothers make a drinkable wine[12].
  • 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. [13]
  • 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]
  • 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 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.


Essos and beyond:


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...

- 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? [14]

- Lord Petyr Baelish, to Sansa Stark

"Japes are one way to keep the fear away. Wine's another."

Tyrion, to Penny

External Links

The Wine Grapes of Westeros

References and Notes