Who Was Silenus?

Mentor & Companion of Dionysus

Silenus & Tyros

Silenus Winery is named in honor of Silenus, the mentor and companion of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. Silenus was charged by Zeus to raise Dionysus as his apprentice and teach him to focus on the most important things needed for a full life of hedonism and pleasure.

Key among the teachings was the art of planting and caring for grape vines in order to make the best wine possible. During ancient times wines were often flavored and sweetened with honey and so Silenus taught Dionysus how to raise bees to make the sweetest and most flavorful honey possible.

Silenus and Dionysus as the Tyros traveled the lands far and wide and hosted parties. While traveling they always carried with them their Thyrsus, a staff of giant fennel topped with a pine cone.

The  label pays homage to Silenus and combines all the elements that were taught to Dionysus, a Thyrsus emerging from a newly planted grape vine that is encircled by bees.

The Tyros label is a whimsical depiction of Dionysus as the Tyros, inviting all to join him in the pleasures of wine.