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According to Greek mythology one of the two sons of the wine god Dionysos with Ariadne (the second son was Oenopion ). According to another version, the mother was Erigone, daughter of Ikarios, whose chastity the god in the form of one grape outwitted. When Erigone consumed them, she became pregnant and gave birth to a boy, whom she named Staphylus (staphyl = grape) in memory of its creation. Out of grief over her father's early death, she hanged herself. After a third version, Staphylus was a shepherd of the king Oineus he is the one winemaking after being the first to teach grapevine had found.

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