David Gianulias – A Brief History of the Wine Making Process

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Wine is as ancient as civilization itself. David Gianulias is the president and founder of Levendi Winery. He has a Greek heritage, and comes from a long line of wine makers. His family has been making wine for their own personal use for generations. Recipes have been passed down and enjoyed for several years. In 2000, Gianulias decided to honor his family and their traditions by using family recipes to create a winery. He named the winery, Levendi, after a traditional Greek toast that acknowledge the labors and the achievements of the day. The toast is just as important as the wine itself. Good wine is the result of a good wine making process. Cultures and civilizations have spent thousands of years refining and developing the wine making process.

David Gianulias

Archaeologists believe that the first wine was created during the Paleolithic period, and perhaps even in the Neolithic period. Patrick McGovern is the leading expert in the origins of wine and biomolecular archaeology. He has combined archaeological techniques with chemical and molecular analysis to study the origins of wine. There is archaeological evidence from the Paleolithic Period that may prove that humans once drank naturally fermented grape juice from wooden bowls and animal skin pouches. This production process would have been crude, but it was a start.

As civilizations grew, wine became an important part of culture, especially in the Ancient Near Eats and the Mediterranean. Humans refined their wine making process, and began to create higher quality wine. This was an important step towards modern wine making. People in Ancient Greece, Rome, and ancient Palestine began learning about how to train vines, and how the harvest time affected the flavor of the grape. They used this knowledge to create types of wine that had different flavors. They would also add honey and other natural flavors to the wine.

Throughout the years, vintners developed the wine making process until it was more scientific. Modern wine makers still use traditional techniques to keep the art alive, however, they also use science to refine their grapes and produce different types of wine. For example, during the fermentation process, many vintners add cultured yeast in order to ensure the overall quality of their wine. Science also plays an important role in the clarification process. Some vintners choose to clarify their wine traditionally by pouring it into an oak barrel, and they may add clay or another substance to the wine in order to filter out all of the unwanted particles. Other vintners may choose to use a steel tank, which allows them to drain the wine and leave behind the unwanted solid particles.

Winemaking is a long standing tradition in David Gianulias’ family, he has carried on that tradition by creating Levendi Winery.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/07/0721_040721_ancientwine_2.html

http://etc.ancient.eu/2013/09/04/drink-of-the-gods-wine-in-the-ancient-near-east-and-mediterranean/

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