Ancient Jar Shows Wine Making Goes Back 8,000 Years

(Shane McGlaun, NPR) Anthropologist Patrick McGovern from the University of Pennsylvania has been searching for the origins of wine for years in mountainous areas near the Black Sea where ancient wine grapes grew wild. 

According to McGovern and his local research partner David Lordkipanidze, the duo wanted to find scientific evidence for the area being oldest winemaking region in the world.

The team looked at two archaeological sites in the Eurasian state of Georgia.

The pottery analyzed looking for traces of substances like tartaric acid, the chemical fingerprint of grapes and means that the jar once held wine or a grape product.

The oldest of the jars investigated was 8,000 years old and it showed the earliest evidence over of humans consuming juice from Eurasian grapes.

Those same grapes are the foundation of modern winemaking. One of the jars had illustrations of people dancing under grape vines. The same motif appears on a modern building in Georgia’s capital.

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Featured image, Max Braun CC.