Why wine has become the quintessential beverage of the last 7000 years? What is the living is cheap, it is historic, it is religious, it is food or mystic?
Well, we should briefly define each of these areas, to see what role each plays in sustaining the wine through 70 centuries.
1) On the Economy: traces appear 7000 years ago in Georgia in the Dead Sea, but was traded in the Mediterranean for more than 3000. The trade in this sea made the thousands of grape varieties to multiply in number and in variety and in processing and preservation techniques. From the sour wine of Egypt, to very sweet taking in Italy 2000 years ago. Trade and climate favored its popularity.
2) On the History: The wine was important because it was the quintessential beverage of all time in three of the five cultures mother (the Egyptian, the Mesopotamian and Greek) and extended by the conquests, within and across wars, which made the drink quickly spread to become a daily occurrence in the tables of Asia Minor, Europe and North Africa.
3) Under the Religious: Because the wine was very present in the Church, was how he got the rest of Europe and the Americas. Convents transporting plants from Spain to the colonies, making the wine in an element of myth, magic, mystery and culture. Their presence linked to the gods, to art and to the table, which made it a unique drink.
4) Under the Food: The grapes were harvested in the houses, was the roof of most Mediterranean courtyards, so people used it to quench thirst or hunger. The nutritional properties we know to this day, however, the healing and intoxicating took advantage of thousands of years ago.
Each of the above has its strength and its importance in having preserved and enriched the world of wine, to make it the most sophisticated food worship there. However, from my point of view, the most important of all is the almost archetypal connection that transforms us and connects us to all those who drink wine in a state of harmony that can not be explained, it is simply something to be experienced.