Georgia on my wine

Credit: ThinkstockScientific analysis of 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia offers the world’s earliest evidence of grape wine-making, dating the tradition almost 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers said Monday. Before, the oldest known chemical evidence of wine in the Near East dated to 5,400-5,000 BC (about 7,000 years ago) and was from the Zagros Mountains of Iran, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal. The world’s very first wine is thought to have been made from rice in China around 9,000 years ago, followed by the grape-based alcohol in Iran. “We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine,” said co-author Stephen Batiuk, a senior research associate at the University of Toronto. Scientists on the team came from the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Israel and Georgia. They have been working for

Georgia on my wine

Neolithic grapevines were the same species as the ones used by most winemakers today. Jeff Glorfeld reports.

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Cosmos Magazine

'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

Pottery found near Tbilisi shows wine-making was taking place 8,000 years ago, scientists say.

Mon 13 Nov 17 from BBC News

Earliest evidence of winemaking: Team discovers 8,000-year-old wine production in ancient Middle East

Excavations in the Republic of Georgia by the Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE), a joint undertaking between the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Georgian ...

Mon 13 Nov 17 from Phys.org

Earliest known evidence of wine-making unearthed

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou, my Neolithic darling.Archaeologists working in the Republic of Georgia have uncovered evidence that human beings have been savoring the fruit of the ...

Thu 16 Nov 17 from FOXNews

Even 8,000 years ago, a meal without wine was like a day without sunshine

Earliest evidence of wine in the Near East has been found, in Georgia.

Tue 14 Nov 17 from Arstechnica

Humans have been drinking wine for at least 8,000 years

You have the ancient Georgians to thank for your favourite wine.

Tue 14 Nov 17 from ZME Science

8,000-Year-Old Jars Are the Earliest Evidence of Winemaking

This remarkable find deserves a toast: People were fermenting grapes into wine about 8,000 years ago in what is now the Republic of Georgia, say scientists who found what's now considered the ...

Mon 13 Nov 17 from Livescience

Drinking age: oldest evidence of wine-making found near Tbilisi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oenophiles take note: 5980 BC was a very good year for wine.

Mon 13 Nov 17 from Reuters

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