By: Jackie Young
The Haji Firuz Tepe wine jar, found in modern day Iran, along with a wine press is probably the oldest archaeological evidence of wine making and is dated around 6000 BC.
No one knows how wine-making started, but since people have long been using and keeping grapes it would appear that someone inadvertently discovered that the juice from ‘gone off’ (fermented) grapes is good for drinking.
What about the oldest wines still in existence? There are a few which date back several hundred years, and are mostly undrinkable, but very expensive. One which is still drinkable, however, dates back to 1472 and is known as the Strasbourg Wine Barrel. The original wine barrel was replaced by a new one made by skilled coopers in 2014.
Mankind’s love affair with the vine has been long and judging by the upward trend of wine consumption looks set to last. Wine is a social lubricant and a valued commodity in many communities and like all things of value, it should be handled with care.
“Jackie Young, is a former historian and teacher who turned to writing when she became a mom. She’s a keen wine enthusiast and she and her husband are building up a decent collection whilst learning more about vineyards and cultivating.”