That’s One Dusty Bottle: Oldest Winery Found

By on Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Sotheby’s cellar stock has nothing on Areni-1. It’s here in this Armenian cave that scientists have discovered irrefutable evidence of the oldest winemaking facility to date — some 6,100 years old, as reported in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. In addition to well-preserved seeds of vitis vinifera of an unidentified red varietal, a press of sorts, jars, and drinking vessels, archeologists found a well-preserved wine vat with a capacity for about 14 gallons of vino.

Written by Amy Zavatto

Amy Zavatto, Toque's East Coast editor, is a food, wine, spirits and travel writer for books and magazines.

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