Now that’s old vintage
HUMANS started making wine up to 1000 years earlier than had been thought.
About 6000BC, the Neolithic inhabitants of Georgia on the borders of Europe and Asia 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. Researchers said: “We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine ... for tasting, for religious ceremonies and ... for having parties.”