World’s earliest winemakers traced back again to Georgia

Report highlights Neolithic pottery shards were found to contain grape wines residue

Expert: “The human romance with wine includes a truly deep history”

(CNN) The earliest evidence of winemaking has been traced again 8,000 years to Georgia by an international team of scientists.

Neolithic pottery shards were found to contain grape wine residue from 6000-5800 B.C., almost 1,000 years sooner than previously thought.

“As a Georgian, we generally believed that wine originated from Georgia, but now we’ve scientific evidence from herbal science and archaeology to prove it,” explained David Lordkipanidze, director of the Georgian National Museum and co-author of the study published Monday found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The new discovery reinforces the established and well preserved culture of wine in the united states.

“We have an uninterrupted record of wine in Georgia — the jars found in the Neolithic period are similar to the vessels we even now use today,” explained Lordkipanidze.

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