Anything always has a beginning. And in the case of wine, it isn’t different. But there are many theories about this origin. We are going back to the Neolithic Age…
The wine was made for the first time during the Neolithic, other sources points out that is was accidentally. We will discuss about some of them.
During this era, according to the testimony of some archaeological discoveries found in the Zagros Mountains (in the border between Iraq and Iran), it is believed that it was the place where wine was firstly made, due to the find of a pot dated back to 5.400 B.C. This pot contained a reddish residue that could have been wine. Should we search in Wikipedia, we’ll see that the oldest known winery dates back to 8.000 B.C. and it was located in Georgia. The wine consumption spread towards occident, reaching Egypt. We also know that the oldest ancient Greek documents about viticulture, harvest, and grape press registered on “Works and Days” by Hesiod, written around 700 BC. During those times in the ancient Greece, wine was always diluted with water and kept in goatskin bags.
Since then, wine has witnessed any event or important banquet, and many treaties and historical events had occurred before it. In fact, in Egypt, Greece and Rome worshipped Dionysus or Bacchus (God of Wine) and besides this, the Bible mentions wine on different passages. The spread of Christianism, also contributed to the viticulture development. Wine was necessary for the celebration of the Mass. The monks had their elaboration methods and were the forefathers of viticulture.
Other theories, and one that has the more evidences, connects wine with a distraction. In according to it, someone abandoned a vessel containing grapes, they fermented and as a result… it turned out to be the first wine!
We have always connected wine with legends and stories. For sure that we’ve all heard about the Tomb of Tutankhamun. There were pots and amphoras containing wine. This was found in 1922, when this tomb was discovered. And in addition to it, these pots had inscriptions relative to the harvest and the winemaker, its geographical region, etc.
Will you tell us another origin of wine that we haven’t mentioned? Sure you will!