Now that’s old vin­tage

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

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.”

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