Eucharistic wine. An Arabic corruption of the Greek word aparche, which means “beginning of a sacrifice” or “first fruit.”
Coptic tradition uses this word for the Eucharistic wine in order to highlight the symbolism of Christ as our sacrifice and the first raised among mankind. This wine is either made from dried raisins or grapes.
It is noteworthy to mention that wine has played an important role in the life of the Coptic community. The site of the Monastery of St. Jeremiah at Saqqara contains a liturgical calendar indicating the quality of wine issued for each feast.