Although it’s impossible to determine exactly when it was invented, the history of wine has great historical importance to the world in many ways. Actually, more ways than you think. From an exchange tool to an essential social element, wine has been accompanying much of the economic and social-cultural developments of several developed civilizations for thousands and thousands of years. And when you put ‘wine’ and ‘Europe’ together, you get something special, almost magical: you get the best wines in the world.
The tales of its origins might differ according to the different historical and religious sources, but it’s scientifically accepted that wine was born in Europe, more specifically in Georgia, where rape seeds were found dating from 7000 BC and 5000 BC. Yep, wine is really old! It was a beverage already adored by the Greeks and the Romans and, although the people changed along the centuries, their affection and addition to wine hasn’t.
It’s inevitable: Europe is the continent of wine, where every flavor and grape has a culinary creation to go with it. No food will ever be alone at the table in Europe, but the same cannot be said of wine, which is always welcome, even when there’s nothing to eat.
Who are we kidding? It’s Europe; there are always delicious things to eat.
Of course, in the meantime, other continents and countries like the United States have mastered their wine making techniques, but Europe is still the ‘old world’ where the tradition is respected. So enjoy your (European) wine while learning more with the help of this infographic, maybe with some cheese if you are in France or some typical pastry if you are in Portugal.
What matters is that you are able to accompany this virtual tasting with a real tasting. Otherwise, you might drool a bit.