Ev­i­dence of world’s old­est wine found in Ge­or­gia

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

The world’s ear­li­est ev­i­dence of grape wine-mak­ing has been de­tected in 8,000year-old pottery jars un­earthed in Ge­or­gia, mak­ing the tra­di­tion al­most 1,000 years older than pre­vi­ously thought, re­searchers said on Mon­day. Be­fore, the old­est chem­i­cal ev­i­dence of wine in the Near East dated to 5,400-5,000 B.C. (about 7,000 years ago) and was from the Za­gros Moun­tains of Iran, said the re­port in the Pro­ceed­ings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-re­viewed US journal. The world’s very first wine is thought to have been made from rice in China around 9,000 years ago. “We be­lieve this is the old­est ex­am­ple of the do­mes­ti­ca­tion of a wild-grow­ing Eurasian grapevine solely for the pro­duc­tion of wine,” said coau­thor Stephen Batiuk, a se­nior re­search as­so­ciate at the Univer­sity of Toronto.—

Photo shows a Ne­olithic pottery ves­sel about one me­ter wide and one me­ter tall. Re­searchers found shards of sim­i­lar ves­sels, about 8,000 years old, south of Tb­lisi, Ge­or­gia. The pieces came from the base of jars that were prob­a­bly used for fer­men­ta­tion and stor­age of wine.—

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