The Origins of Wine Civilization

A Conversation with David Furer

Listen and learn as David expounds of the history of wine throughout the world.

The history of wine, while inextricably linked to today’s exponentially-growing wine industry, is often overlooked by professionals, enthusiasts and scientists alike. The earliest grape wine in the world was discovered by Dr. Patrick McGovern and colleagues in the Zagros Mountains of Iran, ca. 5400 B.C. (early Neolithic period). Since then, Vitis vinifera and wine have evolved, spread throughout the world, and become integral to many cultures’ medicines, religious practices, and social activities. 

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The passion for wine that runs in the French branch of the Rothschild family was born in 1868 when James de Rothschild purchased Château Lafite. After more than a century of family history tied to the world of wine, Baron Edmond de Rothschild (great-grandson of James) took the adventure further in 1973 by acquiring two Cru Bourgeois wines in Listrac and Moulis-en-Médoc: Château Clarke and Château Malmaison. He then founded the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

Under the leadership of Baron Benjamin de Rothschild. In particular, it has forged strategic partnerships with other families that have the same entrepreneurial spirit and passion for wine.

In 1997 a project was launched in South Africa, at the foot of the magnificent Simonsberg Mountain: Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons.

The Compagnie Vinicole bought 250 hectares in Argentina in 1999 near the Andes cordillera to produce Flechas de los Andes wines.

In the Bordeaux region, Benjamin de Rothschild acquired the superb property of Château des Laurets in 2003. His intention was to achieve the full potential of this vineyard.

Benjamin de Rothschild and his wife, Ariane, are at work on every continent, applying their high standards to crafting quality wines with techniques that are rooted in authenticity and respect for the environment and that make the most of the land.

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Listen to a discussion on the History of Extreme Beverages with David Furer, noted wine guru and Dr. Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia.

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