Wine Facts To Wow Your Friends.

We have put our heads together and come up with some fascinating wine facts which are sure to impress and will get the conversation flowing. So the next time you’re at a dinner party or just getting together with your friends why not try out some of these;

  • Wine was discovered about 6,000 years ago. It originally fermented by accident when native yeasts stuck to grapes stored in containers turned sugars in the grapes into alcohol.
  • There are approximately 10,000 different varieties of wine grapes around the world.
  • In California, wine country tours are second only to Disneyland in popularity with tourists. More than 14 million people visit the California wine regions each year.
  • You should examine the cork and not smell it. You should check to see if the cork is in one piece, a fragmented or mouldy cork might mean an issue with the wine.


  • In Japan there is a spa where you can swim in tea, coffee, and wine.
  • Unlike Champagne and Cava, secondary fermentation for Prosecco (the part that makes the bubbles) takes place in a tank rather than bottle. Winemakers can control the strength of the bubbles. So you can have frizzante (lightly sparkling) or Spumante (full on fizz).
  • The oldest preserved bottle of wine is nearly 1700 years old, it’s on display in a German museum.
  • Amazingly, there are people in the world who hate wine and there’s even a name for it, it’s called “oenophobia”.

We want to know if you have any wine facts which can beat the ones above.


About Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite's began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux... and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from... including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.

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