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Oldest Wine Discovered in Georgia

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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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Ancient Rome Wine, Would You Drink It?

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Can you imagine what would it be to taste the wine that the inhabitants of the ancient Roman Empire used to drink? Well, this dream can become true by studying the ruins of the wine cellars where this wine was produced originally, and one of the keys are the amphorae, clay vessels used by ancient cultures to store and transport all kinds of goods, including wine.

A producer of a town near Portland, in Oregon (USA), has started producing the first shipments of a wine made following the same techniques employed by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. A ceramics teacher named Andrew Beckham, along with his wife Annedria, have managed to cultivate a few strains of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and, following the guidance of the Italian winegrower Elisabetta Foradori, they have been put to work to achieve this curious challenge.

Beckham has reproduced the original amphorae, based on the designs of Roman containers, Spanish jars and Georgians “qvevri”, and found that their shape is very important and relevant for the characteristics of the resulting wine. The porosity of clay increases the oxygen exposure of wine during aging, creating softer tannins and enhances the aromas of nuts, chocolate, and cooked fruit. The producer claims that it allows you to get the same results in half the time that it takes to oak barrels when used for aging.

Currently, they are producing fermented in amphorae and aged in wood, fermented and aged in amphorae and fermented in amphorae and mixed-aged wines, each with its particular characteristics and great potential, especially for those who like fruity and subtle flavors, full of different shades. The highlight is, of course, made exclusively in clay, which presents an attractive ruby color, with aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, cinnamon, among others, a truly new wine in recent centuries that, surprisingly, is very pleasant to drink.

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