22 wine quotes to raise your glass to

By Simon Collins
Wine pouring into a glass

A lot has been said when it comes to wine. For hundreds of years, the greatest writers, poets, scientists, and cultural icons have been sharing their two cents. And because we love our wine quotes at Vincarta, we thought it was about time we collected some of our favourites onto a list. Here are 22 of the best.

As Benjamin Disraeli said:

‘The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.’

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. So, drink deep from this list of wine quotations, and share your favorite in the comments section.

‘Beer is made by men, wine by God.’ – Martin Luther


‘Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.’ – John Keats

‘Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.’ – Benjamin Franklin

God made only water, but man made wine.’ – Victor Hugo

‘I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.’ – William Shakespeare, As You Like It

‘Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.’ – Joan Collins

‘Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.’ – Pope John XXIII

‘A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine.’  – Ernest Hemingway

‘Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.’ – Louis Pasteur

‘Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.’ – Napoleon Bonaparte

‘Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.’ – New York Times, 1967

‘Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.’ – Francis Bacon

‘Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it — unless I’m thirsty.’ – Madame Bollinger

‘My objection to war was not that I had to kill somebody or be killed senselessly, that hardly mattered. What I objected to was to be denied the right to sit in a small room and starve and drink cheap wine and go crazy in my own way and at my own leisure.’ – Charles Bukowski, South of No North

‘A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect.’ – Robert Louis Stevenson

‘Artists and poets still find life’s meaning in a glass of wine.’ – Joy Sterling

‘Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.’ – Michael Broadbent

‘The wine in the bottle does not quench thirst.’ – George Herbert

‘In wine there’s truth.’ – Alcaeus

‘God made Cabernet Sauvignon. The devil made Pinot Noir.’ – André Tchelistcheff

Tell us your favourite wine quotes

Some amazing things have been said about wine – that’s for sure. And just like a fine wine, a lot of them have aged beautifully over time.