China and Far East
Little evidence were found about wines in ancient China and Far East,
but with rich source of ingredients, there may well be viticulture development.
In Far East, barley and rice were made into wine as well as grapes.
Wines were used in festival events and religious ceremonies. Divine
tales and legends of drunkness were also told.
In Chinese literature about 3000 BC, there’s a record of a man banished
for wine making from rice. There’s also history of Chinese laws controlling
the sell of wine. But the first record of wine making regulation
was dated 2000 BC in Babylonia, under the Code of Hammurabi. The
law describes that one will first lose a limb for serving an intoxicated
individual, and death for repeated offenders.
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