Fourty Historical, Wise and/or Funny Wine Quotes

By | August 25, 2015


Wine has been here for a long time and the history of wine dates back to 3000 BC. From then on, traces and images of viticulture have been recovered. As you go back in time it appears that many historical celebrities enjoyed, just like we do now, a glass of wine, even became (too) big fans of it. Not only did they enjoy the wine, but it took such an wine quotesimportant place as their beloved beverage, that they dedicated some important quotes to it.

Great men like Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei have beautiful, wise texts dedicated to the fermented grape juice. Even as early as the Greek philosopher Plato, wine has been revered. However, not only scientists or philosophers have produced quotes, but throughout time also writers, poets, actors/actresses and others did their bit.

I have collected fourty out of all these quotes available, any one of them evidencing people’s love for wine. Some have historical value, some are pure wisdom and others are just plain funny. You will be amazed at some of the wine quotes listed below.

Famous people on wine

“The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star.” – Leonardo da Vinci

(1452 – 1519, architect, inventor, engineer, philosopher, physicist, chemist, anatomist, sculptor, writer, composer and painter of the Florentine Republic during the Renaissance)

“Drinking wine is just a part of life, like eating food.” – Francis Ford Coppola

“Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was every granted by the gods to man.” – Plato

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”- Galileo Galileiwine quotes

(1564 – 1642, Italian physicist, astronomer, mathematician and philosopher)

“I feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are.” – Michelangelo

(1475 – 1654, Italian painter, sculptor, architect and poet)

“And That You May The less marvel at my words, Look at the sun’s heat That Becomes wine When combined with the juice That flows from the vine.” – Dante Alighieri

(1265 – 1321, Italian poet, writer and briefly politician. His main work is known as La divina Commedia, or The Divine Comedy).

“Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, and makes weariness forget his toil” – Lord Byron

(1788 – 1824, English romantic poet and writer)

“Wine – the intellectual part of the meal” – Alexandre Dumas

(1802 – 1870, French dramatist and writer of mainly historical novels include The Three Musketeers)

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance” – Benjamin Franklin

(1706 – 1790, American politician, scientist and moralist)

wine quotes“I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.” – W.C. Fields

“Wine, it’s in my veins and I can’t get it out.” – Burgess Meredith

“I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn’t have to wait for it to age.” –  Steven Wright

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” – Aristophanes

“A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue.” – William F. Buckley

“When it came to writing about wine, I did what almost everybody does – faked it” – Art Buchwald

“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world” 

“Wine can be considered with good reason as the most healthful and hygienic of all beverages.” – Louis Pasteur

(1822 – 1859, French chemist and biologist)

“Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.”– Napoleon Bonapartewine quotes

“Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living” – Napoleon Bonaparte

(1769 – 1821, French military and political leader during the latter stages of the French Revolution as Napoleon I, he was from 1804 to 1815 Emperor of the French.)

“Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” – Winston Churchill

One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you choose? But get drunk.” ― Charles Baudelaire

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brida

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” – Ernest Hemingway

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.” – Ernest Hemingway

(1891 – 1961, American writer and journalist Pulitzer in 1953 (literature) won with The Old Man and the Sea, and in 1954 received the Nobel Prize for Literature)

“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.” ― Mark Twain

wine quotes“The worst gift I was given is when I got out of rehab that Christmas; a bottle of wine. It was delicious.” ― Craig Ferguson

“Never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink,” he said. “Though I guess that presupposes that there is a wine I wouldn’t drink.” ― Lev Grossman, The Magicians

“If you could pour my love like it was a bottle of wine, would you have one glass or two? That was a trick question, because the answer is you’d drink it all—straight out of the bottle.

― Jarod Kintz, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“Wine makes a man more pleased with himself, I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.” – Samuel Johnson

“You drink wine by the glass, and I drink wine by the trash can. Seriously, I’ll be by the trash can if you need me.” ― Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

“Wine drinkers never make artists.” – Gratinos

“Wine has been a part of civilized life for some seven thousand years. It is the only beverage that feeds the body, soul and spirit of man and at the same time stimulates the mind…” – Robert Mondaviwine quotes

I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret. ― John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, “Fawlty Towers”

“Making good wine is a skill. Fine wine is an art.” – Robert Mondavi

“Whichever glass you chose, may it be more full than empty.” – Anonymous

“Wine is poetry in a bottle.” – Cliffon Fadiman


I very much hope you enjoyed this selection of historical, funny and wise quotes about that beautiful drink of the gods called wine. If the minds of so many and different types of people are led to producing so many thoughts, then there must be something to it!

I have embedded this piece of general wine information in this Chardonnay fans website and please feel free to explore this site further for facts and figures of this excellent wine.

If this article has whetted your appetite for wine, then find access to some excellent Chardonnays and their reviews and ratings by clicking the three images to the upper right hand side of this page (for mobile users just under this text) under the heading World best Chardonnays for delivery to the USA, UK or Australia and find a summary of my reviews and ratings.

Feel free to let me know if I missed out on a quote or quotes or leave a comment or question and I will be back within 24 hours.


10 thoughts on “Fourty Historical, Wise and/or Funny Wine Quotes

  1. Helen

    Jerry, what a good fun post. I have a few for you.

    Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. Leftover wine – HELLO !

    An Aussie yobbo definition: fair drinkum: good quality wine.

    Sexist (author unknown or afraid to be exposed): Men are like a fine wine; start out like grapes, a woman stomps on them and keeps them in the dark until they mature enough to have dinner with.

    On a Swiss restaurant menu: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

    I will be back to renew my taste for wine.


    1. Jerry Post author

      Thanks Helen, these are useful additions to my article and I thank you very much for them. Drinking wine is fun and you see that even talking about wine can be fun. You are welcome to visit again and please let me know if you would need any advice on quality Chardonnay wines.

  2. Jada

    Awesome , I really love the uniqueness of this article. You mentioned some great and funny quotes ! My favorite quote in the article was “Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, and makes weariness forget his toil” .. I feel like that quote is very accurate lol but anyways great article , keep up the good work 🙂

    1. Jerry Post author

      Hi Jada, I think that when so many people, including famous ones, are inspired by wine to come up with quotes like these, then there is definitely something special about it. Some call it the drink of the gods and others life’s elixir. The fact that this post has been included in this website has to do with the unique character of Chardonnay being the queen under the white grapes. Recently this wine has become more and more popular.

  3. Hannah

    Ha ha! Great post!

    I come from a family of wine drinkers that have particularly appreciated one or two of those quotes!

    Can I ask when it comes to Chardonnay were you one of the ones that loved the old school oaked chardonnays or are you much more keen on the newer style?

    1. Jerry Post author

      Hi Hannah, sounds good, a family of wine drinkers. As I frequently drank Chardonnays from Australia before and came to like them very much, I guess I liked old style Chardonnay from the New World. Although I must say that I very much like lightly oaked and full bodied Chard. Which ones are your favourites? Have you seen my top 25 of worldwide best? Have a look here. Cheers, Jerry

  4. Stephen

    First of all I do not drink wine.
    I do enjoy the article. Excellent resources of history about wine. This article is very informative and people will enjoy all the information in this article. For example “Wine is poetry in a bottle,” I did enjoy the quote.
    I give your article 2 thumbs up.

    1. Jerry Post author

      Hi Stephen, thanks for your reaction. You are never too old to start drinking some wine! Cheers, Jerry

  5. Dominic

    Hello there, my goodness little did I know there are a lots quotes on wines be it wise or better still, downright hilarious lol! All this just shows how wine has inspired men to be creative with their words, and invokes all kinds of emotion to them. If I may ask you, sir, where did you get all these quotes? You must be a really avid fan of wine aren’t you 😉

    1. Jerry Post author

      Hi Dominic, yes wine brings out the best in people as long as it is drunk in moderation. My sources are news papers, magazines and of course the internet. In a world without wine, dinner with friends would end as soon as the bill came! Cheers, Jerry


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