At the zenith of Macedonian rule, when Alexander the Great succeeded Philip (336 BC), the large hubs of winemaking and wine commerce of the Aegean came to add their mite to that of Pella’s, the capital of the Macedonian kingdom, where “pellaea staphyle”, the native grape variety of Amphipolis, near Philippi, was cultivated. The royal tombs of Vergina which were revealed during archeological excavations contained significant vessels whose exquisitely crafted themes drew their inspiration from wine. Another exquisite find dating back to that time was the bronze krater which was discovered in Derveni, Thessaloniki, and bore themes from the cult of Dionysus. Greek wine and Alexander the Great went on to travel to the far reaches of the known world of the time.