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Oldest Known Winemaking Facility Found in Armenia Dates Back 6000 Years

Wine3 1237299 300x200 Oldest Known Winemaking Facility Found in Armenia Dates Back 6000 YearsDomesticated Grapes & Large Scale Wine Production

By Matt Goldstein

An excavation team of archeologists from UCLA have uncovered the oldest known wine making facility in a cave in south Caucasus country in Armenia.  The team of researchers found pressed grapes, grape seeds, grape vines and a vat used to crush the grapes.  Positioned next to the vat was a shallow basin that drained directly into the vat.  Researchers believe the basin was used to stomp grapes.  There is already known evidence of wine making that predates the Armenian site but nothing that suggests wine making on a large scale.  The large scale wine production also suggests that the Eurasian grape had already been domesticated.  The grape discovered, Vitis vinifera vinifera, is still used in wine making today.    

Source: BBC News & National Geographic

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