Mirror: “Traces of 5,000 year old grapes from world's first vineyard discovered”

Traces of grape pollen were found inside an animal-shaped ceramic jar used in ritual ceremonies. Photo: Getty images/Mirror
Agenda.ge, Jun 20, 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia

British newspaper Mirror has published an article about the latest discovery in Georgia that proves Georgia is the cradle of wine and wine making began in the country at least 5,000 years ago.

A source in the article assesses the discovery as "a significant piece of history”.

"The discovery adds further weight to Georgia's long-cherished and championed belief that it is the birthplace of wine making,” the article reads.

The Mirror says traces of grape pollen from the world's first vineyard were discovered inside an animal-shaped ceramic jar used in ritual ceremonies.

The article also mentions that the jag was dug up at an archaeological site called Aradetis Orgora – 100km west of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi and the pottery dates to around 3,000BC.

The piece also notes the first evidence of domesticated grapes in the form of pips were also unearthed in the southwest of Georgia and date back 6,000 years.

"It means Georgia really was the cradle of viticulture from where the technology spread to the so-called 'Fertile Crescent' of Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean,” the article says.

Read the full article here: www.mirror.co.uk.