Oldest wine made in Georgia around 8000 years ago


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We already knew that winemaking originated in the South Caucasus, but its origins keep getting pushed further in time - in this case by half a millennium. Winemaking supposedly spread to the East Mediterranean with the expansion of the Kura-Araxes culture (dominated by Y-haplogroup J2a1, but with substantial minorities of G2a, J1 and T1a) during the Early Bronze Age.

It is possible that the earliest pottery in the Middle East also came from that region.

The Guardian: Evidence of world's earliest winemaking uncovered by archaeologists

"A series of excavations in Georgia has uncovered evidence of the world’s earliest winemaking, in the form of telltale traces within clay pottery dating back to 6,000BC – suggesting that the practice of making grape wine began hundreds of years earlier than previously believed.

While there are thousands of cultivars of wine around the world, almost all derive from just one species of grape, with the Eurasian grape the only species ever domesticated.

Until now, the oldest jars known to have contained wine dated from 7,000 years ago, with six vessels containing the chemical calling cards of the drink discovered in the Zagros mountains in northern Iran in 1968.

The latest find pushes back the early evidence for the tipple by as much as half a millennium.
Researchers were particularly intrigued by fired clay pots found in the region – likely to be some of the earliest pottery made in the Near East. Indeed, one representative jar from a nearby settlement is almost a metre tall and a metre wide, and could hold more than 300 litres. What’s more, it was decorated with blobs that the researchers say could be meant to depict clusters of grapes."
some believe early Cucuteni-Tripolye in Moldavia made wine too
but there is no solid evidence for that yet
they had grapes though

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