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Dates
Existed before III 2926 (1326 by the Shire-reckoning)1 and still extant at the end of the Third Age
Origins
Made in the Southfarthing of the Shire
Race
Culture
Meaning
'Winyards' derives from wingeard, the Old English form of modern 'vineyard'

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Old Winyards

A red wine from the south of the Shire

A red wine from the Shire's Southfarthing, noted for its strength. Bilbo's father Bungo Baggins, who delved Bag End, seems to have laid down a large number of bottles of this wine. Bilbo gave a present of a dozen bottles to Rorimac Brandybuck, Master of Buckland at the time he left the Shire, but this still left plenty for his heir Frodo. The Old Winyards lasted another seventeen years, until the last drop was drunk by Frodo as he set out on his own adventures.


Notes

1

Our only source of dating for Old Winyards comes from the bottles in Bilbo Baggins' cellar, which were said to have been laid down by his father Bungo. Bungo Baggins died in III 2926 (or Shire-reckoning 1326) so we can be sure that the label existed at that date. The fact that it was evidently known as Old Winyards even then suggests that the vineyard had existed for quite some time before that.

Peter Jackson's film version of The Fellowship of the Ring gives a specific vintage for Bilbo's collection of Old Winyards, 1296 (which was six years after Bilbo's birth, according to the Shire-reckoning). No such date appears in the text of The Lord of the Rings, but it does not disagree with the facts established in the book.

See also...

Vines

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