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The oldest-known winery was discovered in the “Areni-1” cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups. Archaeologists also found V. vinifera seeds and vines. Commenting on the importance of the find, McGovern said, “The fact that wine making was already so well developed in 4000 BC suggests that the technology probably goes back much earlier.”

The seeds were from Vitis vinifera vinifera, a grape still used to make wine.[9] The cave remains date to about 4000 BC – 900 years before the earliest comparable wine remains, found in Egyptian tombs.

This is what CNN wrote: “Forget France. It turns out, the real birthplace of wine may be in a cave in Armenia.”

Earliest Known Winery Found in Armenian Cave: James Owen from National Geographic News quotes archaeologist Gregory Areshian of the University of California, Los Angeles: “The site gives us a new insight into the earliest phase of horticulture—how they grew the first orchards and vineyards”. “It’s the oldest proven case of documented and dedicated wine production, stretching back the horizons of this important development by thousands of years,” said Gregory Areshian, co-director of the excavation and assistant director of the University of California Los Angeles’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.


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