A Quick History of Wine Making

If you are going to get into home wine making, you may want to know some of the histories of wine making. You will then feel a part of this rich history as you make your wines. The wine has been made for many centuries and throughout the world. It even is referenced to in the Bible. So let’s look into this history and see what it says about wine making.

The wine has a history the spreads across the centuries and is also involved in the history of countries, a whole civilization, agriculture, humanity, and the world’s cuisine. Evidence has been found by archaeologists that point to Iran and Georgia being the areas for the earliest wine making happening in about 6000 to 5000 BC. There has also been evidence found that insinuates that the grapevine could have been domesticated during the Bronze Age. This occurred in Egypt and Summer and the Near East about the third millennium B.C.

There is evidence that the wine production in Europe dates back to 6,500 years ago. At these particular archaeological sites, the earliest recorded incidence of crushed grapes for the world has been found. Then in Egypt wine was part of the ceremonies. There is evidence of wine being in China in the second and the first millennium B.C.

Remember that most of this wine making was home wine making or making it for the royalty of the time. There may have been some commercial wine making going on, but the commoners of the time would make their wine.

Many of the Western Europe wine producing regions began with the Phoenicians and then, of course, the plantations run by the Romans. The development of the wine press and other wine making advancements are known to have happened during the days of the Roman Empire. Around this time different varieties of grapes were cultivated along with an improvement in techniques too as far as cultivation. Barrels also were introduced for shipping and storing the wines.

Then in the medieval times in Europe, the Christian Church started to back the use of wine for communion in the Catholic Mass. Other cultures such as Islam did not condone such use of wine. The Muslim chemists among others paved the way in distilling the wine for purposes that were medicinal. The consuming wine became highly popular in the 15th century where it survived the Phylloxera louse that caused quite a bit of devastation in the 1870s. All this led to major growing areas for the grapes throughout our modern world.

Wine making has improved greatly over the past century because of improvements in sanitation. This has helped to keep the wine for longer periods of time and ensures that almost every batch will turn out the way it is supposed to and not turn into vinegar due to bacterial contamination.

Wine and the wine making process has had a history that has lasted nearly eight thousand years. During its lifetime it has been vastly improved, honored and even worshiped. There is no way of knowing what the future of wine entails, but whatever that might be, this drink is here to stay.


Today the Napa Valley in California is one area in the United States that turns out a large amount of quality wine each year. They have long added their touch to this history of wine making. Sonoma is another region in California where a lot of vineyards and wineries are.

The history of wine making is very complex and at times can be incomplete because for hundreds of years it was not documented how it was made or how exactly the process spread throughout the world. It is always interesting to know the history of a drink that has had so much influence on the lives of thousands of personalities all over the globe.

So see when you start home wine making you are stepping into a lot of interesting history. You have a chance of adding to this rich history of wine with your creations. No telling what unique color pallet of wines or blends you will come up with in your own home. So look into this fascinating hobby that could turn into your winery! You never know it could happen.