Armenia is a cradle of wine-making or at least one of the cradles, Babel Avetisyan, director of Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences, told journalists today.
“The findings give the grounds to assert that Armenia is one of the ancient areas where grape cultivation, processing and wine-making was developed. Now it is proved by facts,” he said, commenting on a discovery of an ancient winery in the Areni cave, Armenia.
“Research results show that 99% of findings are facilities for wine making,” the expert noted.
He also stressed that winery discovered in Areni cave is also unique from the viewpoint of preservation of organic remains. It will provide scientists with an opportunity to get new information about ancient societies. Remains found in the cave allow experts learn more about societies dating back to 4-5,000 centuries B.C.
Experts noted that new sensational discoveries can be made in the Areni cave, adding that a museum will open after excavation is completed.