The history of home wine making can actually be traced back, oddly enough, in biblical times to the story of Noah’s Ark. Noah fermented grapes after the great flood as a special present to his family for all the hardship they endured while on the boat. Wine has been treasured for centuries; by Greek sailors who brought their vintages across the waters; and then to the Romans working in the northern fields of Palermo producing house Italian delights to the specialized vineyards of Avignon, France where it has become a billion dollar industry dating back to the middle ages.
This process of home wine making came about often by chance and sometimes by coincidence. Usually from peasants and later hired hand workers crushing the grapes in over-sized oak vats, then transferring the juice to large oak barrels allowing the natural sugars to ferment thus creating the wine we know and love today.
This basic process was then refined by the Italians and the french who began using glass bottles to store the wine in, thus allowing the wine to ferment in the bottle in its natural state. They would very often mix certain grapes in the wine and try different natural fruit sugar combinations for the fermentation process. It was through this process that many of the different varieties of wines were made and discovered.
It was also through the use of different varieties of grapes that wine was often made, and this led to larger vineyards, mechanized production and the actual business of wineries and the wine trade grew into a billion dollar a year industry that exists today.
But the actual process of home made wine production has taken a turn for the better. Many are bored or dissatisfied with wines made by large vineyards as they churn out bottle after bottle every year. These people have taken up the practice of making wine at home and it has proved successful for them. You can make a quality wine product right at home with a few simple tools and the right ingredients. It often lies in the satisfaction of making a wine that suits the person’s palette, making a wine product that they are proud of and repeating the home wine making process with great success.