The objective of this website is to
introduce different tastes of wines from vineyards across the world
to the wine lovers. Please select from the left column the country
and you will meet wonderful flavours of wines.
The history of wine in many ways
coincides with the history of the western world. Historians
generally agree that wine was probably discovered accidentally
in the Fertile Crescent area, the region between the Nile and
Persian Gulf during the time of the world's first civilizations
between 4000 and 3000 B.C. As small settlements grew into
city-states and trade began to develop on a large scale
throughout the Mediterranean, the grape enjoyed transport by
peoples such as the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans until the
knowledge of winemaking spread throughout the Mediterranean
region and eventually through much of Europe.
Fermented beverages have been
preferred over water throughout the ages: they are safer, provide
psychotropic effects, and are more nutritious. A great benefit of
drinking wine was health as we lived longer and had greater
reproductive success and some say it was the primary agent for the
development of Western civilization.
Wine is the fermented juice of
grapes. Only one species of grape, Vitis vinifera, is used for
nearly all the wine made in the world. From this species as many as
4,000 varieties of grape have been developed. These varieties differ
from each other, though sometimes only slightly, in size, color,
shape of the berry, juice composition, ripening time, and resistance
to disease. Of the 4,000 or more varieties, only about a dozen are
commonly used for wine making around the world. The chief varieties
are: Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir,
Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat.
The primary categories of wine are
table wines, fortified wines, and sparkling wines. The diversity and
quality of wine results not only from the kinds of grapes grown but
from distinctive qualities of soil, topography, and climate. Changes
in weather patterns from one year to the next also have an influence
on the quality of a vintage. In addition, each vintner or community
of wine makers may have techniques that no one else knows or uses.
Whatever the reason, we continue to live out our past civilization
by drinking wine made from a plant that has its origins in the
ancient Near East.
Your next bottle may not be a 7,000
year old vintage from Hajji Firuz, but the grape remains ever
popularócloned over and over again from those ancient
beginnings. "No poem was ever written by a drinker of water,"
the great Roman poet, Horace wrote so take some time to enjoy
wine and remember always have a pen and paper to hand just in