20 Amazing Facts About Wine To Amuse Your Friends

Blog 🕔September 13, 2017

Drinking wine with friends over dinner on a weekend is made even greater when tales and stories are told. Telling them about the usual stuff you talk about might be a little too cliché-ish. Why not turn the table around and start some game of facts about wine? See how much they know about wine and test your knowledge as well.

fact about wineTo help you get fully equipped with that battle, here are the facts that you need to know to impress your friends.

1. People who have endearing love for wine are called Oenophile.

This includes those who collect wine, particularly grape wines, from specific places, types, or methods of manufacture. So we’re not only talking about people who drinks wine on a regular basis, but people who actually can’t live without them.

2. Dionysus is a Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking, and wine.

So oenophiles, now you know who to thank for your delicious vino. The myth says that Dionysus deigned the limits, mixing only 3 bowls of wine – 1st to health, 2nd to love and pleasure, and 3rd to sleep.

3. The oldest discovered winery was in a cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia dating back to 4100 BC.

Imagine how heavenly tasting their wines are! Because you know what they say, the older the wine, the better it tastes.

4. The most expensive wine in the world is the Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 which costs $500,000.

It was in a wine auction in 2000 at the Napa valley that the Grand Royale of wines got the hottest bid of half a million dollars. Just imagine how many bottles you can buy out of that!

5. Reymond Adina set the world record for the most wine glasses held in one hand at a restaurant in Barcelona, Spain on 24 October 2007.

He held 39 wine glasses on his left hand. That would be very convenient, wouldn’t you say? No need to have second trips or refills, right?

6. Steve Klein’s 1.2 inches wine bottle is the smallest in the world.

It contains 0.026 fluid ounces which means you can drink 10 bottles of wine and still drive home safely!

7. Sophia Vaharis of Athens, Greece have hoarded over 15,200 different labels of wine bottles from 50 different countries.

Think you have a large wine collection? Think again. It’s not only impressive, it’s actually insane! She has brought the word oenophile in a whole different level.

8. On September 2010, a massive number of 977 people treaded grapes in Northern Spain.

It does take a village to make wine! They stepped on a total of 27.56 tons of black grapes in the main square. You can just imagine how they managed to drink all the wine they’d produced.

9. The world’s largest wine flute was filled with 75 bottles of wine in Ukraine on 6 August 2011.

The glass, measuring 4 ft 5 inches tall, 21.2 inches at the base, 12.6 inches across the rim and 16.5 inches at the widest part of the bowl, set a world record. What nobody knows is who drank all that wine the day after.

10. If you’re looking for the perfect wine cellar to choose bottles from, here’s a treat for you.

The Republic of Moldova (located between Romania and the Ukraine) has an underground wine-cellar collection of over 2 million bottles of wine. The former lime mine stretches a total of 34 miles in length, making it the best place to locate the wine you’ve been craving for.

11. If you love heights the way you love wines, this wine cellar is perfect for you.

The highest cellar in the world is CN Tower’s Cellar in the Sky perched at 1,151 ft above sea-level in Toronto, Canada. It holds 9,000 wine bottles and a trip to heavenly delicious tasting wine.

12. The oldest manufactured wine in the world is the Commandaria wine from Cyprus.

It goes back as far as 2000 BC, wherein King Phillipe of France in 1223 called it the Apostle of wines. Judging from it’s year of birth, it might not taste as grand as its age.

13. The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet.”

So now you know which term to use when having wine over dinner with a friend or a colleague to impress them. You’re very welcome.

14. There is increasing scientific evidence that moderate, regular wine drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and gum disease.

No more guilty feeling whenever you drink your vino. Just consume in moderate amount. Remember, too much of something is dangerous.

15. Wine testers swirl their glass to encourage the wine to release all of its powerful aromas.

Most don’t fill the glass more than a third full in order to allow aromas to collect and to not spill it during a swirl. Try swirling your next glass of wine, and when friends ask you why you do it, you now know what to answer.

16. Wine grapes rank number one among the world’s fruit crops in terms of acres planted.

If bananas, pineapples, and watermelons can be made into wine, we’re sure they would make the cut.

17. Enologists are wine chemists who analyze samples of wine and advise winemakers.

Wine and chemist sound so good together, don’t they? So if you’re thinking of changing career in the future, you know what to do.

18. A crop of newly planted grape vines takes four to five years to grow before it can be harvested.

So if you’re planning to grow one, we suggest you start now.

19. Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.

People who have this also miss half of their life.

20. Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins.

White wines are not fermented with the skins present. Both wines taste amazing.

Congratulations! After stating ten or more of these facts to your friends or family, you are now officially a wine nerd. Not only do you enjoy your glass of vino, but you know some things about it, too. Now that would help you make a great conversation starter. Do you know more wine facts that are not listed above? Feel free to share them and help your fellow oenophilics.

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