Ancient Wine-Making

Check this out! Archaeologists unearthed the oldest known complete winemaking site early last year in southern Armenia. This article from the Epoch Times, quoted below, talking about the archaeological find has a great photo of the winemaking site, as does the article about the discovery written for National Geographic.

The unit comprises a raised pressing-platform made of packed clay, which is slanting toward a large jar. The researchers also found other large storage and fermentation jars. Preserved remains of grapes, grape seeds, and some vines with the fruit skin intact were found near the press.

“This is, so far, the oldest relatively complete wine production facility, with its press, fermentation vats, and storage jars in situ,” lead author Hans Barnard said in a press release. Barnard is an archeologist from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Cotsen Institute.

The artifacts unearthed from the site have been dated to approximately 4100 B.C.E, which puts them at around 6,100 years old! Through this discovery, we’re able to learn even more incredible information about the ancient winemaking process and how winemaking has changed (evidence suggests the ancient vintners really did stomp the grapes with their feet!) in our modern times.

“For the first time, we have a complete archaeological picture of wine production dating back 6,100 years,” Gregory Areshian, co-director of the excavation and assistant director of UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, said in the press release.

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