Since the production of wine predates writing, we don’t know wine’s exact origin, but some archaeological evidence has been discovered.
The common grapevine is native to southern Europe and northern Africa, and as far east as Iran.
6,000 B.C. - Production of wine in Georgia (The nation, not the state)
5,000 B.C. - Production of wine in Iran
4,100 B.C. – Oldest known winery in Armenia
3,200 B.C. - Domesticated grapevines are common throughout the Mideast.
3,000 B.C. – Winemaking established in Egypt.
2,200 B.C. – Five different wines are being produced in Egypt.
1,700 B.C. – A wine cellar where 500 gallons of wine were once stored existed in northern Israel.
1,200 B.C. – The Phoenicians, always busy traders, began introducing wine around the Mediterranean
800 B.C. – Greek civilization starts to come out of its dark age. They spread wine as they found new colonies.
146 B.C. – Rome conquered Greece and made wine a drink for the common man. Prior to this, wine had been primarily for the elite.
Wine bars became common in Roman cities and spread throughout the empire.
1492 A.D. – After the discovery of the New World, Spanish conquistadors and missionaries spread wine throughout the Americas.
1785 – Thomas Jefferson travels to France. He develops a taste for wine and returns to America with French grapevines
1849 – During the 1849 Gold Rush, zinfandel grapes are brought to California