A Brief History of viticulture

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Wine seems to be part of our culture since immemorial time, wine goes back to ancient times in the late Neolithic. At some prehistoric settlements they have found in fact to Vine seeds.
The historical references to wine dating back to the Sumerian civilization, and know that the vine was cultivated in Egypt at the beginning of the third millennium there were several "types of wine" consumed by the priests, by senior officials and kings. Viticulture and winemaking were practiced to which they are numerous representations on Egyptian wall paintings.

Even the Greeks was known wine makers and had a great importance as well as the Etruscans cultivation reached considerable progress. It seems that the name Chianti derives precisely from the Etruscan "Clante" and that the "wine" term derives from the greek, not many claim this, but from the Etruscan "oinos". The Romans learned by the Etruscans the art of producing wine and so took on such importance which, is written by Cato the Censor, the purchase of land is more important that there are bolts of olive trees..

In time viticulture has developed throughout Italy and, though the Middle Ages the cultivation of the vine suffered a collapse, it was recovered in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance developed agriculture bourgeois type "". They further enriched families with businesses stimulated the production and consumption of wine and the vines spread again throughout Europe.

In the sixteenth century, the cultivation of the vines introduced in America, initially for religious purposes for Mass, then acquiring increasingly importance with the passing of time.

Today the vines are grown almost throughout the world, where climatic conditions permit, and representing a very important market.


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