Now that’s a vintage

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HU­MANS started mak­ing wine up to 1000 years ear­lier than had been thought, ex­perts said yes­ter­day.

The hon­our goes to the Ne­olithic in­hab­i­tants of Geor­gia on the bor­ders of Europe and Asia.

Around 6000BC these Stone Age peo­ple were mash­ing grapes to­gether us­ing va­ri­eties sim­i­lar to to­day’s pinot noir and syrah.

Based on residues found on pot­tery, the dis­cov­ery pushes the first ev­i­dence of wine back from the pre­vi­ous dates of 5000BC or 5400BC.

The study was led by the Ge­or­gian Na­tional Mu­seum and uni­ver­si­ties of Toronto and Philadel­phia.

“We be­lieve this is the old­est ex­am­ple of the do­mes­ti­ca­tion of a wild-grow­ing Eurasian grapevine solely for the pro­duc­tion of wine,” Dr Stephen Batiuk, a Toronto mem­ber of the re­search team said.

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