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Rum, beer, gin, tequila, whisky, cider, cognac... Throughout the centuries man has created an enormous amount of types of drink for his enjoyment, molding the ingredients that Mother Nature gives us to put the taste buds to dance. But all of them have been made by the human hand, while there is one that has been touched by divine grace: wine.
The broth of the gods is not named after a marketing strategy, but because the vast majority of cultures have linked this elixir to their different gods. Thus, in Greek mythology it is Dionysius, son of Zeus and Semele, who holds the category of the God of Wine, teaching humanity the ins and outs of agriculture. In the same way it is reflected in Roman mythology, where Bacchus is in charge of protecting the good name of the wine and celebrating in his honour a good handful of Bacchanal festivities. Even in the Christian culture wine has an important meaning, since in the Eucharist the bread and wine are consecrated, the latter symbolizing the blood of Jesus Christ. In short, there is no more sacred drink than this elixir.
The life of wine begins with the cultivation of its most precious ingredient: grapes. A multitude of factors will depend on it when it comes to making one wine or another, mainly the type of grape it is, whether to create red, white, sweet, rosé wine..., and the moment of ripening when it is found for harvesting. After the latter, the grape is pressed, formerly done manually with the feet and now with special pneumatic presses that perform the work in a more exhaustive way.
After obtaining the grape must, it undergoes its most important process: fermentation. It is here where the sugars present in the fruit are transformed into alcohol through the action of yeasts, influencing in turn the type of grape and the temperature at which the must is found for its proper process. After this, the wine matures for the necessary time in containers such as barrels or tanks to be subsequently bottled and tasted by the consumer.
There are several types of wines, among which from Yo Pongo el hielo we highlight:
Small producers with crops for their own consumption, young artisans who are committed to organic wine and the recovery of the traditional flavours, large wineries that have been flying the oenology flag for decades... Many are the members of the wine family, and from Yo pongo el hielo we are going to try to reflect the most representative brands from all over the world:
There is no consensus among anthropologists to affirm the exact moment at which wine production began, but one thing is certain: it happened many thousands of years ago. Our ancestors, like us, were lovers of good tastes and pleasures, so they discovered that by crushing the grapes and subjecting them to a certain process, they were able to give life to a unique elixir.
It is believed that these beginnings took place in an area between Georgia, Turkey, Iran and Armenia, in 8,000 BC. However, it was not until 3000 B.C. that we found the first archaeological evidence in ancient Egypt, where beer was also venerated with tenacity. But for the wine to triumph definitively, it had to be moved to the island of Crete, the entrance of the Dionysius broth into ancient Greece. From there it went on to conquer the Roman Empire, the Al-Andalus and all the countries of the world to the present day.