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‘World’s oldest wine’ found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

Scientists say 8,000-year-old pottery fragments have revealed the earliest evidence of grape wine-making, the BBC reported.

The earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were found in two sites south of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, researchers said.

Some of the jars bore images of grape clusters and a man dancing.

Previously, the earliest evidence of wine-making was from pottery dating from about 7,000 years ago found in north-western Iran.

The latest finds were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

“We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine,” said co-author Stephen Batiuk, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto.

In 2011, a wine press and fermentation jars from about 6,000 years ago were found in a cave in Armenia.

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