Quick History Lesson: Timeline of Major Technological Advances in Winemaking

There have been a lot of major advances in the world of winemaking and viticulture. ┬áThe following graphic, from the peer-reviewed article “At the cutting-edge of grape and wine biotechnology” by Anthony R. Borneman, Simon A. Schmidt, and Isak S. Pretorius from the Australian Wine Research Institute and the University of South Australia, respectively, illustrates when the some of the┬ámajor technological advances in enology and viticulture occurred throughout documented history.

Enjoy this little lesson in winemaking history!

 

Figure 1. A timeline of significant events as winemaking transitioned through the ages of mystery to discovery and finally technology. From Borneman et al, 2013 (Trends in Genetics)

Figure 1. A timeline of significant events as winemaking transitioned through the ages of mystery to discovery and finally technology. From Borneman et al, 2013 (Trends in Genetics)

2 comments for “Quick History Lesson: Timeline of Major Technological Advances in Winemaking

  1. Art Nathan
    October 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for posting this. I tried to get to the full article but no success. I’m quite curious as to how these guys came up with changing the name “Leuconostoc oenos” to “Oenoccos oeni” qualifies as a great advancement in winemaking.

    • WineKnurd
      October 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Art- click on the pdf link and you can get the full article.

      I did a search in the article and it doesn’t explain the naming switch, but I did a google search and best as I can see is that the switch involved a reclassification of leuconostoc as a family name and oenoccos as the genus, as research into wine bacteria increased.

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