Wine is any alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. This includes sparkling wines like Champagne, fortified wines such as sherry, amaros or vermouth, distilled wines like brandy, cognac and Armagnac.
The oldest archaeological evidence of the existence of wine dates back 9,000 years to ancient china while other evidence suggests that the cultivation of grapes and wine making began in Mesopotamia and areas surrounding the Caspian Sea sometime between 6000 and 4000 BCE. The Bible states that Noah planted vines and made wine, the ancient Romans and Greeks were wild about the stuff and poets and philosophers waxed on about it throughout history.
What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine.
~ Thomas Moore
It's a fact, wine has been around a very long time, maybe as long as mankind itself. Who's to say some caveman didn't stumble into some "spoiled" (aka fermented) grapes and tie one on after barely escaping the jaws of a saber tooth tiger? Talk about a bad day at the office.
We have it a lot easier in today's world where kind and benevolent vintners provide us with all variety of the favorite drink of Bacchus and Dionysus. Thank the gods.