Stone Age wine a vintage drop
Two Stone Age villages in Georgia were making giant clay vats of wine at least 8000 years ago, say archeologists who believe they have found the oldest known example of viniculture.
Previously, the earliest evidence of winemaking came from six nine-litre jars buried in the floor of a 7000-year-old house at Hajji Firuz Tepe in Iran.
The Georgians appear to have been fermenting grapes about 2500 years before the wheel was invented.
Excavations at hamlets south of Tbilisi turned up fragments of jars that bear the distinctive chemical signature of wine. One of the jars would have held between 200 and 300 litres. Another features a figure dancing with upraised arms, strikingly similar to a modern Georgian architecture motif.
Archeologist Stephen Batiuk said the Neolithic wine was very hard to characterise because no DNA had been found.