History of Wine

Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Iranian Wine Goblet
Iranian Wine Goblet

Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest production of wine, made by fermenting grapes, took place in sites in Georgia and Iran, from as early as 6000 BC.These locations are all within the natural area of the European grapevine Vitis vinifera .

During the Roman Empire, wine production spread throughout Europe. Wine became available to all citizens and the first bars were built. The Roman's prefered to have flavoured wine and added; fish sauce, onion, honey, salt water, chalk, herbs, spices and garlic, with red and white wines unheared of.

The Roman catholic monk's continued the production of wine into the Dark Ages. As the monasteries began to expand, some of Europe's finest vineyards were established. Wine continued to be a part of the diet, as water was unsafe for drinking.

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During the 17th and 18th century developments in the availablity and safety of drinking water improved, thus wine as a part of the diet decreased. Also the wine indusrty improved. This was due to the invention of improved glass manufacturing, the use of corks and other accessories.