History of Wine

Bacchus Roman God of WineThe history of wine making is believed to go back almost 8000 years. Archaeologists are not entirely certain of this because wine making has been depicted since people started recording their histories on cave walls.

Wine, and how it is produced has been influenced by the many different countries that have discovered or traded for it. Some of these influences include the aging process which generally was previously not done in wooded barrels and agricultural advances that helped to grow the wine grapes.

It is believed that wine was first made in the fertile cresent, which is now modern day Iraq. It was spread around the world by traders who considered it a valuable commodity.

Wine, and the technology of how to make it spread to Greece, Crete, Egypt, and Italy. Once in Italy, wine was loved by the Romans and was spread throughout the rest of Europe as the Romans conquered it.

When Europeans colonized North America, they brought wine and wine making secrets with them. From their this marvelous drink travelled to South America where it was spread with the influence of the spanish what were colonizing that area.

Egyptians and Romans were extremely influentual in the development of wine production methods. Egyptians used advanced irrigation techniques, fertilizer, and grape hybrids to help grow the gapes that make this wonderful drink.

The middle ages brought more advances in wine production. The catholic church embraced the drink and even started using it in their ceremonies. They also kept records about how to improve their product. It was the British Gaels that came up with the idea of aging the wine in wooden barrels That add different flavors to wine.

Wine has had an impact on many people throughout recorded history and over the past few decades the production of wine has vastly been improved through new methods of storing and sanitation.

Wines history is a little bit blurry for a few centuries at a time because records were not always kept or were destroyed. But you would expect wines history to be a little bit blurry.

A paining of Spanish wine with grapes and pearsThe History of Wine in Spain.

The history of Spanish wine making goes back to around sometime between 3000 and 4000 BC. Archaeologists can tell what time period wine was first grown there by the evidence of ancient grape seeds.

During the early years of Spain’s history, it was the Phoenicians that first started to cultivate wine grapes. After the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians introduced several new advances in the field of wine production.

It was the Carthaginians that would fight with the Roman empire and lose. This means that under Roman rule, Spanish wine became a highly favored drink across the entire empire. Even the Roman centurions loved this drink.

During the decline of the Roman empire, Several barbaric tribes attacked and invaded Spain. Not much is known about wine production during these years but there is evidence that some form of wine industry was still present.

It was the Moors that finally conquered Spain in the 8th century AD. Even though the moors, (who were Muslim and enforced laws that prevented the consumption, production and sale of wine) were in power, wine production and consumption continued among the elite members of society.

After the Spanish reclaimed their land one of the first things that was reinstated was wine exporting.

It was the Spanish, that first started exporting wine to the new world. The Spanish missionaries and conquistadors brought grape vines with them and planted vineyards nearly every where that they colonized.

Spain has had a very colorful history and their wines are no different. Throughout different rulers and massive changes, the one thing in Spain that has remained consistent is that they have always had wine.

Old bottles of french wine.The History of Wine in France.

The french are world renown for their excellent wines, but not many people know about the history of french wine making. The production of wine in France dates back to around 600 BC and has developed into the wonderful product that it is today.

It was the Romans that did a lot to help the spread of this wonderful drink across the land that they called Gaul. Although archaeologists have found traces of wine grape production dating back to before the Romans and Greeks conquered this land.

It was the Celts that first produced grape vines in France around Lake Geneva. It was when the early Greek settlers came to this region that wine production was increased. They knew that wine was easily produced in regions of France that already supported the fig and olive trees.

The decline of the Roman empire led to several changes to French wine production. Some of these changes included invasion by Germanic tribes and the Visigoths who were unfamiliar with wine. It was several centuries later before a french ruler would be in power and wine would once again flourish.

During the medieval era in France vineyard’s popped up in great quantity because under some new rules, a farmer could purchase some land simply by clearing it and giving a tithing to the former land owner.

It was during the 1700’s that wine production became studied in universities. This led to better production techniques and greater crop yields for farmers. The universities also studied how to make wine more clearer and since then, wine has become the polished and refined product that it is today.

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