Top 10 wine gods and goddesses11th January, 2013 by Rupert Millar
A Chinese god credited with creating the first rice wine. Sadly, there is little to be found on Yi-ti, aside from a vague story about how he created his concoction for a great emperor, the sort of character that always seems to be on hand in good mythology.
Nonetheless, slightly more exists on the Bronze Age Chinese drinks trade. In 1995 an archaeological dig by a Sino-American team unearthed evidence of beer and wine production dating back 4,600 years.
What is more, the wine was being made from grapes as well as rice although grape wine is thought to have fallen out of popularity for a while and drinks made from lychees, sorghum and millet were more common.
By 125BC grape wine was back thanks to the travels of the Han Dynasty diplomat, Zhang Qian.
However, it was only around the time of the Tang Dynasty in around 600AD that wines are thought to have truly proliferated.