Wine has been around for along time. In every civilization, people drank fermented grape juice. The ancient Greeks hold elaborate parties dedicated to enjoy wine. The Egyptian pharaohs were buried with stashes of bottles to entertain afterlife. Even the Torah tells the famous story that Noah planted a vineyard.
The phrase "drink to the health" originally comes from ancient Greece civilization, as a result of the practice of the dinner host taking the first sip of wine to prove it was not poisoned.