Now I can remember the good 'ole days when the Mrs and I got a terrible headache from having the Winemaking kit in the closet while it was in the "Fermentation" process and could not figure out why. Anyways, the rest is history....
Speaking of history, check this out from the Authors:
Some say it was the Greeks. Some claim it was the Egyptians. Biblical scriptures declare Noah as being the creator of the first wine. Personally Dionysus, son of Zeus, gets our vote.
Whoever and whenever, wine drinkers are galactically grateful. This liquid panacea ("remedy for all ills") makes men invincible, women beautiful, and the world soooo mush niysher.
Wine in the true definition of the word means fermented grape juice, however generally almost any fermented vegetable product could be referred to as "wine". Consider for example blackberries, strawberries, any-kind-of-berries, dandelion flowers, barley, figs, apricots, apples, and elder-flowers. Even honey, which is a by-product of flowers, ferments to become mead. I hear they can even make ice wine now although it must be a challenge getting the ice to ferment.
The art of making wine seems to have been developed in the Mediterranean area. Other regions and countries have since acquired and refined the art and some countries, which shall remain unnamed, claim to have developed the art of winemaking to perfection (France). In any case, the more grapes they grow, the more wine they make and the happier we are.