Here’s cheers to a nice Ne­olithic drop

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

HU­MANS be­gan mak­ing wine up to a thou­sand years ear­lier than thought, ex­perts say.

The hon­our goes to the Ne­olithic in­hab­i­tants of Ge­or­gia on the bor­ders of Europe and Asia. About 6000BC, they 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.

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