A wineskin is an ancient type of bottle made of leathered animal skin, usually from goats or sheep, used to store or transport wine.

Statue of a satyr including a torch and a wineskin from 3rd–2nd century B.C
During the Tang dynasty (618–907), China started to import grape wine from Central Asia. Tang tricolor figurine of a Sogdian wine merchant holding a wineskin.


Its first mentions come from Ancient Greece, where, in the parties called Bacchanalia, dedicated to the god Bacchus by the vintage of this drink, was offered the sacrifice of the goat, with which would be made the wineskin that would conserve the wine.[1]

New Wine into Old Wineskins is a parable of Jesus. It is found at Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:18-22 and Luke 5:33-39.[2]

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  1. ^ "What Are Wineskins?". Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  2. ^ Joel B. Green, The Gospel of Luke, Eerdmans, 1997, ISBN 0-8028-2315-7, pp. 248-250.