April 1100: Schloss Johannisberg, Germany, was established during this time. In 1720, when the whole estate was planted with a Riesling type of grapes, Schloss Johannisberg made history by becoming the world’s first closed Riesling vineyard. In addition, the estate claims they were the first to manufacture Spatlese in 1775, and Eiswein in 1858.

April 1863: The phylloxera epidemic occurred in France after migrating from North America on leaf cuttings in the 1850s. The issue quickly becomes widespread across the continent. The phylloxera pest, a microscopic yellow louse carried to Europe via American native vines by botanists working in the Victorian era, was responsible for destroying Europe’s vineyards.

April 1900: During this month, the fermentation of grain and grape beverages in making wine was discovered in India. The winemaking and grape growing discovery in India became common practice across India.

April 1977: The Court Of Master Sommeliers was formally created this month. The inaugural Master Sommelier examination was held in 1969, and after years of dilligance, it has become the world’s leading evaluating organization for sommeliers.

April 1993: The American Wine Society established American Wine Appreciation Week to recognize women winemakers and the valuable contributions they have made to the wine industry. The inaugural event was celebrated during April 22–28. In 2001, American Wine Society members voted to change this week of celebration into International Women’s Wine Day, observed annually on March 8.

April 1993: The process of DNA profiling for wine was innovated. Winemakers have previously either used commercial yeast to ferment grapes or hoped that native yeast would suffice. However, what happened next was unknown. Today, analysis of DNA allows winemakers to examine yeast strains in real time during the fermentation process, allowing them to better understand when fermentation is going well or poorly. Winemakers can use testing for spoilage yeast and bacteria to make better judgments during ageing and bottling.

April 1994: In this month, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was introduced. Since its start in 1994, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has been an annual international wine competition. The competition’s name is sometimes abbreviated to Concours Mondial, especially since it is hosted in nations other than Belgium.

April 2009: During this month in Egypt, jars with wine residue recovered in Scorpion I’s tomb show early wine commerce. Around this period, Egypt started cultivating grapes for wine manufacture domestically, and the business eventually grew to be huge and standardized. Possibly the earliest of its kind, Egyptian wine labels are highly detailed. Tutankhamun’s tomb contained 26 jars of wine, each of which had a specific date on it.

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