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Brut Rosè NV; Brut Reserve Particuliere NV

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Wine History

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Vessels with the oldest wine in China. (Source)

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.

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Wine & Winemaking In Ancient Egypt

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.

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Earliest French Wine Making and Production (Source)

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.

 


Wine FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What does “vintage” mean in a wine?

We often hear how vintage wines is much preferred by many and hailed for its taste and quality. But what does the term “vintage” really mean?

Vintage is a term that refers to the year when the grapes for a particular wine is harvested. These type of wines are characterized based on the age crop of that year and the weather conditions. A vintage may include the grapes derived from a particular region known to produce grapes for vintage wines. Meanwhile other countries or regions permit certain additions to the blend, but still allowing it to be considered a vintage.

It is a common perception that vintage wines come from Europe, but this is not necessarily the case. Other wines are labelled as non-vintage because the grapes used are grown in areas that are not authorized for that certain region or country. It is also true that other non-vintage brands are actually created from a variety of blends from vintage wines.

2. Is wine good for you?

As much as it is highly enjoyable and flavorful, wine also possesses a variety of benefits giving it the reputation to be a healthy drink. Flavonoids and polyphenols in wine are the ones responsible for providing its antioxidant action. According to experts, drinking wine reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, lowers the risk of heart attack and strokes, slows brain decline, reduces the risk for colon cancer, lowers cholesterol level and the risk for cataracts.

Even though wine gives us a list of benefits, we are only able to enjoy this when we consume it in moderation. However, “moderation” is still subject to interpretation. To this the US Department of Agriculture suggest that a healthy drink for women would be a glass of wine per day, and two glasses for men.

3. What causes different wine colors?

The reason why wines vary in color is because of the grapes used or the process through which wine is made.

White wines is made from grapes that have green or yellow skins. It also results when the skin of black grapes are removed from the juice early on before the process of fermentation takes place. Red wines, on the other hand, get their color from the skin of the grapes which are not separated even as the juice ferments. Rose wines achieve its pink color because the skin is retained in the juice for a short time before it is removed.

4. How do you properly store wine?

Wine connoisseurs go to great lengths to maintain the quality and taste of their wines. But basic wine storage includes the following:

  1. Store your wine in a dark area
  2. Keep the temperatures below 70 F
  3. Keep the bottle on its side