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World’s oldest winery discovered in Armenian cave

World’s oldest winery discovered in Armenian caveJanuary 11, 2011 | 12:38

The world’s oldest winery was discovered in one of the caves in Armenia. A wine press, fermentation jar and a bowl dating to approximately 6000 years ago were found by international group of archeologists in the Armenian cave, Associated Press reported.

The discover is the earliest example of wine making production, said Gregory Areshianan, University of California, Los Angeles, co-director of the excavation.

Information about findings was published in the online edition of Journal of Archaeological Science.

According to archeologists, there was a basin in the cave which could be used as a wine press where people stomped grapes with feet. The experts also found grape seeds, remains of pressed grapes and dried vines.

In 2008 the 5,500-year-old shoe was found in the Areni cave (the same area), Vayots Dzor region of Armenia.



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