New find proves Italians have been making wine at least 5,000 years

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People have been sipping on Italian wine for thousands of years longer than anyone thought, and the revelation comes courtesy of ancient pottery more than 5,000 years old found still soaked in the stuff.

Researchers conducted chemical analysis on large storage jars found in a cave in Monte Kronio, Sicily, that date to the Copper Age (early 4th millennium BC) and found they tested positive for wine residue.

The discovery has been published in Microchemical Journal and represents the earliest discovery of that deliciously rotten, pounded grape juice on the Italian peninsula.

Full article, with pic:

https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/oldest-wine-ever-discovered-siciliy-italy-monte-kronio/
 

Ron0126

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Great article!
Can you imagine what they'd think of the wine being produced today?
K-meta? Sorbate? Clearing agents? Oak "powder?" Yeast --- what's that?
 

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People have been sipping on Italian wine for thousands of years longer than anyone thought, and the revelation comes courtesy of ancient pottery more than 5,000 years old found still soaked in the stuff.

Researchers conducted chemical analysis on large storage jars found in a cave in Monte Kronio, Sicily, that date to the Copper Age (early 4th millennium BC) and found they tested positive for wine residue.

The discovery has been published in Microchemical Journal and represents the earliest discovery of that deliciously rotten, pounded grape juice on the Italian peninsula.

Full article, with pic:

https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/oldest-wine-ever-discovered-siciliy-italy-monte-kronio/
I think someone just flew in with it on pterodactyl airlines, when they found they had to pay a tariff, they hid it in a cave and just forgot to come back later to get it :h.
 

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I think someone just flew in with it on pterodactyl airlines, when they found they had to pay a tariff, they hid it in a cave and just forgot to come back later to get it :h.
Or they were making and drinking it in a cave because they had exceeded their 200 gallon limit. :slp
 

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