Amazines Free Article Archive - Monday, January 20, 2020
Read about the most recent changes and happenings at
Log into your account or register as a new author. Start submitting your articles right now!
Search our database for articles.
Subscribe to receive articles emailed straight to your email account. You may choose multiple categories.
View our newest articles submitted by our authors.
View our most top rated articles rated by our visitors.
* Please note that this is NOT the ARTICLE manager
Add a new EZINE, or manage your EZINE submission.
Add fresh, free web content to your site such as newest articles, web tools, and quotes with a single piece of code!
Home What's New? Submit/Manage Articles Latest Posts Top Rated Article Search
Subscriptions Manage Ezines
 Article Archive
 Advertising (133326)
 Advice (160997)
 Affiliate Programs (34736)
 Art and Culture (73698)
 Automotive (145681)
 Blogs (75065)
 Boating (9841)
 Books (17218)
 Buddhism (4125)
 Business (1328643)
 Business News (426316)
 Business Opportunities (366271)
 Camping (10962)
 Career (72737)
 Christianity (15846)
 Collecting (11637)
 Communication (115053)
 Computers (241955)
 Construction (38999)
 Consumer (49681)
 Cooking (17061)
 Copywriting (6567)
 Crafts (18205)
 Cuisine (7539)
 Current Affairs (20394)
 Dating (45781)
 EBooks (19687)
 E-Commerce (48204)
 Education (185261)
 Electronics (83503)
 Email (6395)
 Entertainment (159838)
 Environment (28938)
 Ezine (3039)
 Ezine Publishing (5446)
 Ezine Sites (1550)
 Family & Parenting (110900)
 Fashion & Cosmetics (196391)
 Female Entrepreneurs (11842)
 Feng Shui (130)
 Finance & Investment (310285)
 Fitness (106200)
 Food & Beverages (62872)
 Free Web Resources (7938)
 Gambling (30226)
 Gardening (25112)
 Government (10514)
 Health (629621)
 Hinduism (2205)
 Hobbies (44046)
 Home Business (91561)
 Home Improvement (251373)
 Home Repair (46144)
 Humor (4825)
 Import - Export (5453)
 Insurance (45130)
 Interior Design (29558)
 International Property (3485)
 Internet (190991)
 Internet Marketing (146346)
 Investment (22826)
 Islam (1167)
 Judaism (1356)
 Law (80517)
 Link Popularity (4592)
 Manufacturing (20842)
 Marketing (98786)
 MLM (14136)
 Motivation (18213)
 Music (27005)
 New to the Internet (9480)
 Non-Profit Organizations (4048)
 Online Shopping (129617)
 Organizing (7803)
 Party Ideas (11856)
 Pets (38079)
 Poetry (2234)
 Press Release (12675)
 Public Speaking (5618)
 Publishing (7523)
 Quotes (2407)
 Real Estate (126633)
 Recreation & Leisure (95290)
 Relationships (87564)
 Research (16159)
 Sales (80325)
 Science & Technology (110227)
 Search Engines (23458)
 Self Improvement (153103)
 Seniors (6233)
 Sexuality (35942)
 Small Business (49287)
 Software (82996)
 Spiritual (23468)
 Sports (116086)
 Tax (7658)
 Telecommuting (34068)
 Travel & Tourism (307486)
 UK Property Investment (3121)
 Video Games (13428)
 Web Traffic (11728)
 Website Design (56833)
 Website Promotion (36572)
 World News (1000+)
 Writing (35776)
Author Spotlight

My Name is Anish Sah, I am an Internet Marketing and SEO Expert, Social Media Guru and young Entrepr...more

Shovon Joarder has been working as Freelance Marketing Project Manager for over four years. He also ...more

In regards to earning money online, everybody wishes to, and everybody strives to, but not many end ...more

I have been involved in nutrition and weight management for over 12 years and I like to share my kn...more

Financial analyst and author writing on economy and business. ...more

A Short History of Italian Wine by Laura Jeeves

A Short History of Italian Wine by
Article Posted: 12/12/2016
Article Views: 228
Articles Written: 3992
Word Count: 752
Article Votes: 0
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

A Short History of Italian Wine

Travel & Tourism
Italian wine has a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts. Mostly famed for its reds, such as the legendary Amarone and the similarly famous Barolo, Italy’s winemakers have nonetheless brought a wide range of whites and other varieties, such as Vin Santo, to the table. Italian history has long been intertwined with the vine, and the country is frequently considered the birthplace of modern viniculture.

Hobbyists frequently take wine tours in order to get a feel for the grapes and techniques of a certain area, but first, take a quick tour of the history of this beautiful drink in Italy.

From the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire

The earliest evidence for intentional fermentation of grapes leads us to the Middle East. Historians believe that wine was first made in Mesopotamia, around 3,000-4,000 BC. It was then adopted by the Greeks, who eventually brought it to Italy. For some time the practice was confined to Sicily and the south of Italy, before the Etruscans, arriving from Asia Minor, brought this beverage to central Italy.

While it was the Greeks who were responsible for the first European vintages, it was the Romans who modified the process to something akin to what you might see on your wine tours today. They would plant vineyards in amongst fruit orchards, and upon harvesting the grapes would first pour them all into a trough. The juice from the very ripest, tenderest grapes would run off without any active squeezing and would be used to make a premium product. After this, the grapes would then be trod, before the final extraction with a torque press.

Interestingly, the dregs left after this process were pressed and sold by the brick as a sort of concentrate for making a cheap, rehydrated drink.

As the Roman Empire grew, so did the vintner’s trade. Persistent though the image of wealthy, reclining Romans quaffing goblets of red may be, white was, in fact, the preferred drink, with the Falernian region (located close to Naples) being the most popular region. The wine was drunk at any time of day, often diluted (particularly when drunk with earlier meals), and frequently made much stronger than what is typically available today. The first recorded observations of the benefits of aging are also attributed to the Romans.

The Collapse of the Empire and the Renaissance

After the Roman Empire collapsed, the drink’s popularity in Italy decreased. However, Italians never quite stopped making it, with viniculture remaining especially common as a monastic tradition. The Republic of Venice took control of much of the global grape trade in 1202, but when it lost Crete (a prized region), the Venetians developed planted vineyards and developed the practice in other regions. With the Renaissance came a renewal of vigour in the industry, and the beverage began to make a comeback.

After the Renaissance

In the 19th century, Phylloxera vastatrix - a highly damaging vine louse accidentally imported from America - swept across Europe and caused enormous devastation to vineyards across the continent. France was hit especially hard, prompting Italy to step up its own production to take over the former’s lost market share.

Production took another hit with the World Wars, and in the post-war period Italian produce began to plummet in quality. It was then that the labels familiar to modern consumers came about: DOC and DOCG laws were established by the Italian government in order to safeguard the quality of the product. To this day, some of the world’s finest vintages are produced (and drunk) in Italy.

Our Wine Tours

For a superb introduction to Italian viniculture, look no further than our cruise aboard La Bella Vita. This cruise takes you on a fabulous journey through northern Italy, beginning at the iconic city of Venice and travelling to Mantua over the course of a few days. As with other wine tours, you’ll be able to visit local vineyards and sample their produce. You will also be looked after by your own personal chef during the cruise, and can expect a well-stocked cellar aboard the barge!

Author Plate

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays. Offering holidays to France and other great destinations, itineraries include wine tours and other cultural and themed activities. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Related Articles - Wine, tours,

Email this Article to a Friend!

Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!
Subscribe for free today!

 Rate This Article  
Completely useless, should be removed from directory.
Minimal useful information.
Decent and informative.
Great article, very informative and helpful.
A 'Must Read'.

 Author Login 
Register for Author Account


Advertiser Login


   Limited Time $60 Offer!
   90  Days-1.5 Million Views  


Great Paranormal Romance


Steve Bye is currently a fiction writer, who published his first novel, ‘Looking Forward Through The...more

Author of four books and two screenplays; frequent magazine contributor. I have four other books "in...more

Stevert Mckenzie, Travel Enthusiast. ...more

Susan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media...more

At LeadGenerators, we specialise in content-led Online Marketing Strategies for our clients in the t...more

Rev Bresciani is the author of two Christian books. One book is an important and concisely written b...more

I am not a writer nor am I trying to become a writer. I am an average person with average intelligen...more

Kiranpreet (Kiran) Kaur, D.D.S., who received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigio...more

Steve Burgess is a freelance technology writer, a practicing computer forensics specialist as the pr...more

Joanna Morgan has a huge passion for making money online from home and enjoys traveling around the w...more

HomeLinksAbout UsContact UsTerms of UsePrivacy PolicyFAQResources
Copyright © 2020, All rights reserved.
Some pages may contain portions of text relating to certain topics obtained from under the GNU FDL license