2/27/2009

Fun Friday Wine Fact: Ancient Wine

Posted by The Wine Whore |

Scene of the grape vineyards in the Tomb of Sennefer (photo by Mohamed Megahed)


Can you imagine how a bottle of wine from 6000BC would taste?

Although some believe the early cavemen may have first discovered wine, the oldest proof of wine production dates back to Mesopotamia in 6000 BC.

Clay jars were found from this era which contained residue of tartaric acid and tartrate salts. Without wooden barrels, these clay jars are believed to be the oldest wine storage devices found to date.

Inscriptions and illustrations of grape harvesting and wine making in a number of tombs also proved that the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt drank wine as early as 3000BC.

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