The oldest wine in Europe is Greek

The oldest wine in Europe is Greek, shows a study by Greek archaeologists published in “Antiquity” archaeological review. The study is based on 2,460 burnt grape seeds and 300 grape skins dating back 6,500 years, found in the prehistoric settlement of Dikili Tas, near the archaeological site of Philippi in Macedonia, northern Greece.

These are the oldest trodden grapes in the world and were probably used to make wine, scientist concluded after comparing the charred seeds and skins with fresh grapes, raisins and wine pressings. Further evidence that the grapes were pressed for wine is the fact that pottery vessels and jugs with handles, used for transporting and pouring wine, were found in the same area.

The final answers are expected once the ceramics of Dikili Tas have been analysed. The oldest wine vessel discovered to date is from Iran and is dated to the 6th millennium BC.

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