Wine lovers do not only look for news to know more about the sector. They also aspire to learn some curiosities. For example, we just discovered that the oldest wine in the world is about 8,000 years old. The latest excavations in Georgia shows that the first recorded winemaking activity took place during the Neolithic period, around 6,000 BC. It means 600 to 1,000 years before the time specialists previously thought.
About 50 kilometres out of Tbilisi, archaeologists were working in two Neolithic sites known as Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora. There, they excavated remains of ceramics used between 6,000 and 4,500 BC. Researchers believe this to be the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian vine solely for the production of wine. Indeed, after analysing eight jars, they discovered millenary remnants of tartaric acid, a substance that enable them to affirm it contained wine.
The archaeological investigation led by the University of Toronto and the team of the National Museum of Georgia are the remains of two populations dating from the Neolithic, which began around 15.200 BC.
Furthermore, researchers explain that ceramic was ideal for the processing, storing and serving of fermented beverages and that it already existed in the Neolithic. Moreover, the team describes Near East societies where drinking and offering wine was important in many aspects of life (e.g. special celebrations, at a religious cult).
Finally, additional conclusions based on these remains declare that the Eurasian vine ‘Vitis vinifera’ abounded around the sites, being comparable to regions producing ‘premium’ wine such as contemporary Italy or Southern France.
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