Wine is a much-loved beverage throughout the world. Whether you enjoy it paired with your meal, added to food, or simply by itself while you unwind after a long day or relax with friends, this tasty drink is versatile and delicious.
Wine is also a beverage with a rich history and intricate creation process, and to fully appreciate each glass, it helps to have at least a basic understanding of both. That’s why we’ve put together this list of fascinating facts about wine production.
The Process Is Far More Advanced Than You’d Expect
Though many people’s minds probably go to the movie depiction of how wine is made with hand-picked grapes being stomped in barrels, the process is actually far more advanced. Large machines with specialized components, including precision-made Gregoire harvester parts, are responsible for picking the grapes.
Though many people favor hand-made processes, would you really want to drink wine from grapes that touched some random person’s feet? Thankfully, this isn’t something you have to stress about. Modern-day health and safety standards would never allow foot stomping to be part of the wine-making process.
More Grapes Are Grown Around the World Than Almost Any Other Fruit
Grapes were one of the top five most-grown fruits in the world in 2021. Although they were beaten by bananas, apples, oranges, and watermelons in terms of sheer weight produced, it is important to remember that all of these fruits weigh significantly more than a grape, so far more grapes would need to be grown in order to achieve the same weight.
There Is a Wine God in Greek Mythology
Wine has been beloved by many for centuries, with certain cultures excelling in their adulation for this delicious beverage. Ancient Greeks, for example, enjoyed wine so much that they associated it with one of their gods.
Dionysus, known as the God of Wine and Revelry, was a particularly important figure within Greek Mythology. This is because, in addition to being the “party God,” he was believed to assist with fertility, rebirth, fruitfulness, and more.
Warmth Equals Sweetness
Another fun fact about wine production is that when grapes are grown in warmer climates, the resulting wine is generally sweeter. This is because the grapes get more direct sunlight in hotter regions, which produces more sugar within the fruit. Sweeter grapes, logically, produce sweeter wines.
You may also notice that wines made from grapes grown in warmer climates have higher alcohol content due to how quickly they ripen. The flavor tends to be fuller as well, making these wines a truly Dionysian experience.
Red Wine Is Good for You
We thought we’d round this article out with a fact about the health perks of wine. Red wine, which is made from either blue or purple grapes, is healthy when consumed in moderation. One of the main factors in red wine’s health benefits is the amount of antioxidants that you’ll receive from drinking this tasty beverage.
Red wine is also known for being heart-healthy and providing anti-inflammatory benefits and lipid-regulating effects. While this doesn’t mean that you should go crazy on red wine – alcohol still isn’t good for us even if it does have some positive properties – it does mean that you can enjoy a glass or two without feeling guilty.
So there you have it – five fascinating facts about wine production that you probably didn’t know. Did we miss your favorite fact on this list? Drop it in the comments so others can enjoy it.