In the Middle Ages, wine turned from a mere alcoholic beverage to a medicine to fight anemia, dysentery and other nervous diseases.
In fact, few available substances have been so widely recommended for their healing powers as wine.
Between XV and XVII centuries, the witch hunt began. Thousands of them were chased for “witchcraft”, including medical practices, manufacturing of concoctions, fortune-telling and magic.
According to the legend, a brotherhood of wise alchemists, settled in the Mediterranean areas of Europe, was accused of making witchcraft while seeking to produce the most virtuous wines.
Many people believed that these alchemists were pursued by other wine producers who tried to steal their vine secrets. However, they could never find them and discover the secret recipe to obtain the best wine strains that, centuries later, would land in San Rafael, Mendoza.