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.

Wine regulation
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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