History of Wine
Where did wine first come from? A popular legend about the invention
of wine has been told by many: a Sumerian king who liked his crops of
grapes, hid some for himself into a cask from his wives and
children. He labelled the cask "Poison" so nobody would dare to touch it. One
day one of his wives became depressed and decided to kill herself.
She opened the cask and drank some of its contents. What she
didn't know, was that she drank what's now known as wine. This is
one of the many tales told about the birth of wine.
This section of the site will guide you through some of the references and
historical evidences discovered, that reveal information about the origin
of wine and its development throughout history.
Since the primary ingriendient of wine is grapes, where it's naturally grown
is the origin of viticulture and viniculture. Of course, the origin
must also include the people that produced and consumed wine. This leads to discover
where humans first originated and where grape vines are indigenous.
The most ancient civilizations were found in the region occupying southeastern
Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers(now southern Iraq from
around Baghdad to the Persian Gulf) in 6000 to 4000 BC. It just so happens
that grape vines are native in this region.
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