Wines available at The Standish, Wine Shop in Singapore
Just as wine is overflowing with flavour, this drink is also rich in history which dates back thousands of years. The stories not only revolve around vineyards, but within families as well. Aside from being an art, wine is also an integral part of one’s culture. Here is a sneak peek into the illustrious history of wine and wine making.
One of the famous stories where wine was mentioned was when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. However, the origin of wine dates way back in 7000 BC in China. A bronze wine storage vessel from the Shang Dynasty proved this. Chinese villagers have long been fermenting rice and honey as their earlier versions of wine. It is also in China where the earliest evidence of wine made from grapes was found.
But it was in Mesopotamia where the first wineries were discovered. The Egyptians also recorded their harvests on the walls of their tombs, while wines were even buried along with pharaohs because they believe that they will use this for entertaining in the afterlife.
The Greeks also loved their wine, and they were also giants when it came to wine trade. This was evidenced by the large containers found on the bed of the River Saone in France which could hold up to ten million litres of wine. Even during the golden age of the Greeks, wine was already dubbed to be the drink of the elite. It was even the subject of symposia.
In the Roman Era, wine bars sprout in every street corner, making the Romans one of the biggest wine exporters in Europe. As time passed, other regions were already able to manufacture wines which rivaled the quality to that made by the Romans. After the fall of the Roman Empire, wine making and trade continued into the Byzantine Empire.
Even with its origins in the Middle East, it was in Europe that the art of wine making fully flourished. Wine drinkers now developed a more sophisticated palate for wine tasting, and it also paved the way for prominent wine producers such as Bordeaux.
Peru is also one of the countries who were large producers of wine in the 18th century. According to historians, if the amount of wine they were producing then remains to be the same as today, they would be among the top wine sellers in the world.
It was only in the 19th century when grape cultivation successfully penetrated American soil. It was actually Ohio that was successful in this venture, which was then overshadowed by California.
All these places and events contributed to how we are able to enjoy our wines today. The process of wine making continues to improve even at present with several countries trying to grow their own vineyards. Production has increased and standards remain strictly instilled.