We don't usually need an official reason to have a glass wine, but today we do, it's National Wine Day afterall, observed annually on May 25.
While sipping from that glass of wine, read about how it is actually made. This highly popular alcoholic beverage is made from fermented grapes or other fruits. Yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes during the fermentation process, converting them to alcohol. Wines made from different grapes taste different. To create more complex flavours, winemakers will combine other wines. Wines made from fruit or honey are frequently named after the type of fruit used.
History of wine
While we know that humans have been making wine for thousands of years, no one knows who was the first to ferment grapes into what we now call wine. Evidence of ancient wine production has been discovered in China, the Middle East, and Greece, indicating that many different cultures found the process roughly.
The vintners there made wine from a grape that is still used today! Wine barrels have been discovered in Egyptian Pharaohs' tombs, and the Ancient Greeks used wine in secret religious ceremonies. Although wine has evolved over the centuries, the process has changed very little in the thousands of years since its invention.
Wine and and its significance
Wine has also had a significant impact on the economy and social development. The trade of wine, more than any other alcoholic beverage, enabled the exploration of different cultures and paved the way for philosophical and religious ideas to spread. Wine is frequently mentioned in the Bible, indicating its importance from Noah to Jesus. Wine-making was also a sign of a prosperous economy, as only successful societies could support a well-established wine industry. Indeed, it is frequently argued that wine was the foundation of Western culture.