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Wine Cellar Origins

wine cellar origins

08 Nov Wine Cellar Origins

If you are a wine lover, you are sure to have wines of different types. While there are many vintages and new varieties of wines on the market, people have been enjoying wine for centuries. When consumed in controlled quantities, the antioxidants and polyphenols have some distinct health benefits. But the wines we know today are very different from the ones that existed even as far back as 8000 years ago.

The beverage had very modest beginnings. However, once it became popular, people started to show interest in various wines. They also began experimenting with different storage options and how they impacted the quality of wines.

Wine Origins

Civilizations across the world define themselves in specific ways. They have unique rituals, traditional means, and more. But many cultures share their love for wine. Here are some facts about the origins of wine:

  • It was in 4000 BCE, or even before that, in 6000 BCE that vines were cultivated for making wine.
  • The mountainous regions that lay between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea were the central regions where people grew vines.
  • Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, and Syria lay around the border of these mountains and their surrounding areas.
  • The earliest evidence of wine dates back to 7000 BCE at archaeological sites in China.
  • There are traces of viticulture in the Mediterranean basin that date as far back as the Early Bronze Age. In this area, archaeologists found a wine shop with many drinking cups and storage jars.
  • One of the oldest wine cellars (about 1700 BCE) were found in the ruins of a city named Tel Kabri. The Canaanites was a culture that was prevalent in Syria, the western parts of Jordan, as well as in Lebanon; these people built tel Kabri. The wine storage space was around 4.5 Mtrs X 7Mtrs, contained a total of 40 jars and held 2000 litres of liquid, which amounts to about 3000 bottles of the beverage. The archaeologists that discovered the site tested the ingredients in these jars and found remnants of a variety of components such as cinnamon bark, juniper berries, mint, and honey. All of these were prevalent ingredients in medicinal wines made in Egypt.
  • In Europe, wine used to be stored in caves during ancient times. While these storage methods weren’t as sophisticated as the ones used today, the storage conditions in these spaces were consistent, which allowed the wine to age well.
  • Viticulture and oenology developed significantly during the rule of the Romans as wine was a regular accompaniment to their foods. Winemaking flourished, and many people were involved in this lucrative business. During this time, winemaking technology improved in a big way. People made sure that the wine storage rooms faced north as that quarter is unshifting and never subject to changes.

Wine in Modern Times

Today, wine cellars are far more sophisticated. Most homeowners don’t have the luxury to choose where the cellars should be located or which direction they should face. Fortunately, modern technology and the introduction of air-conditioning and humidity control devices have made location and position almost redundant aspects in wine cellar design.

Custom Wine Cellar Design and Installation

Skilled and experienced custom wine cellar designers and builders can install these features in just about any area of a home. There are various methods used to protect these areas from condensation, solar radiation, and the UV rays of the sun. Of course, the wine cellar would need the right insulation, and materials to ensure the environment is ideal for wine storage.

We at Signature Cellars make sure that your wine cellar is designed perfectly with the right storage solutions, appropriate materials, energy-efficient LED lighting, and more. Wine cellars aren’t just practical storage spaces, but are designed as tasting rooms as well. Regardless of which way you look at it, wine cellars have come a long way from what they were when the concept first originated in various regions throughout the world.

To find out about how Signature Cellars can help you design and build a wine storage solution that can help protect your investment and add value to your home, call us on 1300 570 636 or email

Thanks for reading,
Neil Smallman
Signature Cellars
1300 570 636

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