||THE ANCESTORS OF WINE
The history of wine is as old as humanity itself and it is for this reason that it
has made its mark on the character of the civilisations and communities that
have had the knowledge to cultivate and appreciate it. It is known that prehistoric
man knew how to make wine, and palaeontologists have found fossils that
appear to be the remains of the bagasse of grapes. The oldest human manuscripts,
including the Babylonian cuneiform clay blocks, or the Egyptian Papyrus
manuscripts, contain numerous references to the fermented fruit of the vine.
THE IMPORTANCE OF WINE THROUGHOUT HISTORY
The Christian civilisation has tried to transmit the symbolical concept of
the creation of wine by Noah. However, the elaboration of wine was already
a common practice in the Middle East and part of China some 3000 years before
the birth of Christ. One of the better known varieties in times of the Egyptian Pharaohs
was the “Kankomet” which was cultivated in the vineyards belonging to Ramesses III
(1198-1167 BC.). This wine is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible and the
fact that it was chosen by Jesus Christ as an important and fundamental part of the
Christian rituals only goes to show just how vitally important wine was to the Jews of that time.
||WINE AND HEALTH|
The quality of wine produced throughout history could possibly
be considered to be less than mediocre as far as modern
standards go. Until the 19th century the majority of
wines were consumed in the harvest year owing
to the difficulties of preservation. We can say that
with the work of Pasteur modern Oenology was born,
which is, in its way, the medicine of wine.
Wine is and will be an authentic companion to man
throughout time; an honourable wine is joy to
the heart and warms the spirit; and the Mediterranean
regions, that were the melting pot of civilization,
as well as bringing together influences from all sides,
will preserve this oenological patrimony.
Wine is a perfect form of energy that is easily
assimilated by the human body. A table wine
provides around 80 calories per 100ml. These
calories are utilised in the body for maintaining
general and muscular energy requirements.
The effects of wine on longevity are unknown;
however statistical studies go to show that
moderate drinkers are the longest lived,
followed by teetotallers and lastly by
those that drink in excess.
"Life is too short
to drink mediocre wines."