Seeing as Dionysus is the ancient Greek god of wine and wine-making (and partying), we have a feeling that he would be very happy with The Wine Grotto. What other feelings would the god of wine have for a dedicated and specially designed storage space for wine?
Dionysus may be a little peeved at my saying this, but though wine and wine making was prominent in ancient Greece and then Rome, it was not necessarily the beginnings of wine.
A Bit of Wine History
Wine has been around for thousands of years and started around the time agriculture and sedentary civilization began. Archaeological evidence would suggest that the earliest (known) wine production began around 7000 BCE in what is now the country of Georgia.
Other sites were also found to have early evidence of wine production, including areas in Greater Iran (4500 BCE) and Armenia (4100 BCE). The first known winery was actually discovered in a cave in the mountains of Armenia. Sites in northern Greece were found to have evidence of wine production as early as 4500 BCE. In ancient Egypt, wine was not only present, but played an important role in ceremonial life.
We cannot ignore, however, that much of our modern wine culture is based on ancient Greek practices (thanks Dionysus!), which of course began with the Minoan and Mycenaean peoples (predecessors to later named “Greeks”). Greece was home to the earliest known wine production in Europe. That’s right … the French may be connoisseurs in modern times when it comes to wine, but they (or rather their ancestors) definitely had a late start out of the gate.
Modern Times, Modern Wine, Modern Storage
As fun as it is to reminisce about the history of wine, we don’t want to stay in the past. Wine culture has evolved and become much more widespread and that means evolving the way we treat wine. At The Wine Grotto at STORBOX, we offer wine enthusiast the perfect place to keep their wine in optimal conditions for optimal enjoyment. If you are a resident of the San Gabriel Valley area and are considering wine storage, look no further!
To find out more about The Wine Grotto, visit our website at http://www.thewinegrotto.com/ or call us at (626) 247-8380.