The following text is aimed to clearly and entertainingly introduce the production and identification of wine to the beginning adherents of this precious liqueur art. A lot of aspects, which are raised here, can be broadened by reading specialist articles and books. Information included here should not anyhow be treated as sufficient to select wine fully consciously or understand the art of its tasting. These are only frames, which in the future, aim to facilitate the understanding of all aspects of this surely huge field of knowledge, which is wine.The first question which should be asked while learning about wine is: if the average Smith can plant in his allotment two shrubs of vinis vinifery, will it become, after a few activities, “Chateau Petrus”? Below I will answer the question and explain why it is not possible…Let us believe that bored with our previous life among cars, exhaust fumes, noise and crowds of furious people we feel like moving to the countryside and begin the process of making great wine. What do we have to take into consideration in the very beginning, so that we do not produce the worst wine in the neighbourhood?First and foremost we have to think what wine we want to make. Should it be white, red, rosé or maybe sparkling wine? Or maybe all of the above? Every kind of wine requires different soil and different climate. Naturally, also the vinification process differs. If we decide to produce red and white wine, we have to choose a suitable region for its cultivation. And here is the first serious question. What our wine should be like? Should it be for everyone, easy, light and pleasant or should it be well-built, aromatic, extraordinary? Perhaps both types? Let us assume it should be wine from very simple to full and complicated. Now we can choose the region in which we want to plant our wine. We look for an appropriate allotment and buy it. But here is another question: how much money do we have? The land in well-known, popular regions can reach astronomical prices and we will afford only a few hectares, while in less recommended regions we would buy several dozen. Therefore we prefer a great amount of land and we buy it in Argentina or Chile.Now we can plant. The next question is what. This is probably the most important decision, it will be a decisive factor of what our wine will be like, what productivity we will have and what character our production will get. We can plant the world’s most popular Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and make wine the same as others counting on the fact that we will sale them like others. We can also plant some other grape varieties like red Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo or white Sauvignon Blanc, Vignier or Riesling. However, it is worth remembering that not all varieties will grow everywhere.
Thus we plant and wait. The grapevine grows and after a few years gives proper fruit. Meanwhile we bought appropriate tools to produce wine. These are, among others, barrels, press and many other more or less useful instruments. Later there comes a very complicated production process, which generally leads to having the wine in a bottle.