One beverage that has been around as long as anyone can remember is made from the juice of many fruits and vegetables, but the most common wine is made from the fermented juice of grapes. Some of the earliest indications of the origins of the drink have been found in archeological digs with beginnings between 5400 and 5000 BC. Although the modern wine making has been identified in ancient Greece about 6,500 years ago.
During the Roman Empire wine was known to be the beverage of choice and with the empire's fall, the popularity of the beverage, as well as the techniques of making it, also diminished. However, the church at the time used wine as part of its religious services, which is still in use today, and the process of fermenting grapes was resurrected. During the times immediately following the fall of Rome, beer was considered a pagan drink and was shunned by most, while drinking wine was considered a sign of refinement.
The refinement of this beverage closely followed the advances in agriculture as well as food creations and with better food sources as well as a better understanding of how grapes could be grown and collected, the ancient wine industry began to retake roots in popular culture.
While the different flavors and colors of wine have grown over the years, many of today's vintners are direct descendants of the earliest producers. Beverages with ties to Egypt, Greece, Italy and many of the countries in the Middle East are considered to be old world wines. Many other countries such as Australia and New Zealand also have a rich history, but due the late arrival of the processes in many of these countries, their product is considered new world wine.
Today, many quality products are produced in the United States, some made from grapes imported from early wine producing countries, but many are the result of the growers' knowledge of the fermentation process. Additionally, many individuals have begun to produce their own wine at home. Although many of the products that come from a person's basement are considered jug wines and have no value beyond the person making the product.
As a general rule, wine does get better the longer it is bottled and while some may reach their peak of taste within six months to a year, there are others that do not mature in flavor for between five and six years.