An­cient pinot

The West Australian - - NEWS -

If you want to drink like a Ro­man em­peror, then raise a glass of pinot noir.

DNA tests show that the grape va­ri­ety is the near­est match to the grapes drunk in Italy 2000 years ago.

The dis­cov­ery was made by test­ing 28 grape seeds from Ro­man and me­dieval ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in France and com­par­ing their ge­netic se­quences with grapes of today.

Pinot noir, known as “the king of grapes”, proved sim­i­lar.

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