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Wednesday, 22 April 2015


The earliest archaeological evidence of wine- making from grapes was found in Georgia in the Caucasus and dates back to 6,000 BC.

Wine became a drink made from grapes because grapes are the perfect wine fruit. They naturally contain the exact ratio of sugar, tannins, and acid to produce a drinkable wine. Wines like Apple, Cherry and Plum are artificially balanced out with added sugar and tannins.

Wine grapes, oranges, figs and olives were first planted in North America by Father Junipero Sera in 1769.

The Carménère grape was considered extinct until 1994 when an oenologist went to Chile and discovered that the Merlot he was tasting was, in fact, Carménère. Turns out the grape was accidentally planted and preserved when it was mistaken for Merlot.

The official world record for eating grapes was set by Cookie Jarvis of New York. He ate eight pounds, 15 ounces in ten minutes on November 1, 2005.

Japan's Kurashi Kaientai supermarket paid at an auction in 2016 1.1 million yen ($10,950) for 30 Ruby Roman grapes—each grape weighs over 20 grams.

Grape-growing is the largest food industry in the world: 25 million acres of grapes worldwide produce 72 million tons of grapes.

There are about 60 species of grapes which divide into over 8,000 varieties.

Botanically, grapes are not fruit but berries.

In Spain, it is traditional to celebrate the New Year by eating twelve grapes at midnight on December 31, one at each clock chime.

It's very common for people in Japan to peel grapes before eating them, due to a perception that the skins are dirty and/or bitter.

About 600 grapes (2.4 pounds) are needed to make one bottle of wine.

One acre of grapes can produce about 15,000 glasses of wine.

When a grape is cut in half except for its peel, and microwaved for a few seconds, a plasma discharge occurs between those two pieces and under certain conditions. The discharges vaporize the sugars in the grape and then cause them to combust.

One cup of grapes has the same amount of calories as one-quarter cup of raisins.

At over $11,000 per bunch, Ruby Roman grapes are the most expensive grapes in the world.

Source Daily Express 

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