The earliest known evidence of a fermented wine-like drink is from China. The substance, found in 16 buried jars, contained some other products like rice, mead with grapes dominated.though the age of this first wine was rather impressive- over 3000 years, the drink had a perfect wine smell and taste. As for Europe, the drink penetrated it with the help of Babylon- it was located on the ancient Silk Road from China to the Mediterranean. During those times wine supposed to be a commodity for trade. It enjoyed great popularity especialy in ancient Egypt, playing an important part in ceremonial life- winemaking scenes on tomb walls, and the offering lists that accompanied them, included wine that was definitely produced at the deltaic vineyards. And of course, wine is connected with the sacred parts of Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican Christian liturgy, including wine in its rites where it takes the place of the blood of Jesus. The advent of wine in Europe was prepared by Greeks who spread the art of grape-growing and winemaking in Ancient Greece and Roman times.
Since the moment of its invention, wine is an object of worship among all the nations, each of which has its own national sort of wine. It also played an important role in the life of any nation. This interest doesn` t weaken with times. Even now people are ready to travel to big distance making a wine tasting tour, in order to find a new sort. Or maybe just to taste a rare or prominent drink. And of course the number of tour agencies offering wine tasting tours exceed hundreds. The main destinations of wine tasting tours are 13 largest export lands: Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Chile, the United States of America, Germany, South Africa, Portugal, Moldova, Hungary, Croatia and Argentina. Most competetive agencies - Finger Lakes Winery Tours (the leader of wine tasting tours in NY state), Arblaster & Clarke, French Wine Explorers offer wine tasting tours of different levels (business, economy and classic ones). Of course, each agency developed its own unique wine tasting tour, but a usual one takes two - five days. The group comes to the place of meeting and is picked up to the winery. Touring and tasting are appropriate for all wine lovers as long as they are able to walk through a winery , covering as many wineries as possible. But on average, between tasting, buying wine, and driving to the next winery, groups under 20 persons spend 50 minutes per winery. During the tour, the guide answers the questions, tells interesting facts and of course directs the tour. It is also a frequent thing that wine tasting tours include dinners and suppers at restaurants. The average age range of wine tasting holidays participant is between 35 and 60 years old with a mix of ages and a combination of couples and singles is a usual thing.
Of course, wine tasting tour is not a cheap pleasure, but it worth the money spent. You'll meet the winemakers and the owners of great chateaux, enjoy gourmet food and have superb tastings - and all that in the company of experts and adherents.
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