Quick Facts about the History of Aging Wine
The practice of storing and aging wine is many centuries old!
- The earliest evidence of stored wine dates back to 7,000 BC. In Iran, it is said that wine was stored in pottery jugs and buried in the dirt floor of a Neolithic kitchen.
- The Romans used catacombs for storing wine.
- The fondness of the French can be seen by the fact that they began the practice of digging wine caves which were designed specifically to store their adored beverage.
- The transformation happened from wine collectors to catacombs, caves, and under the ground. The underground storage method is practiced now the most and functions as the ideal wine storage sites, with temperature, humidity, and light controlled as needed.
Why Should You Age Your Home Made Wine?
Aging wine results in the flavours to mature
The process is performed to eliminate the sharp flavour and to reduce the harshness of tannins. Some of my homemade wines are ready to pour after four weeks of aging in a bottle. Homemade white wines can be enjoyed soon after bottling so you won’t have any long-term storage concerns. Expensive wines that you desire to preserve, should be stored appropriately at home.
Keep These Things In Mind When Storing and Ageing Your Wine at Home:
Keep the wine in a dark, cool place
It is believed that light and heat tend to alter the natural aging process of wine by oxidizing it. As bad as it sounds, this can create discoloration and a bad smell in your nectar. This could be why wine is often in darker colored bottles.
Regulate the humidity
A humid wine cellar prevents the cork in a bottle from dehydration. A dehydrated cork can fail the seal. This again leads to the oxidation of your wine. Wine spoils very quickly once the cork is disturbed, so it is vital that you keep the humidity at an appropriate level. Too much humidity can lead to the growth of mold and mildew.
Wine storage should be stable
Studies have shown that vibrations in wine bottles while the aging process can speed up the process. Your wine will age too quickly. Movements in the bottle fasten up the process which does not deliver a quality wine. Picking up or rotating the wine bottles frequently is a disturbance that can disrupt the fragile chain of chemical reactions that motivates the wine to mature well.