New discovery of 5000 year old grapes suggests Georgia is the cradle of viticulture
21 June, 2016
New discovery of 5000 year old grapes suggests Georgia is the cradle of viticulture
“Traces of grape pollen from the world's first vineyard have been discovered inside an animal-shaped ceramic jar used in ritual ceremonies”, - British online journal Mirror reports. The article states that world’s first vineyard emerged in Georgia based on the results of the new discovery. Here is what the article says:

It was dug up at an archaeological site called Aradetis Orgora - 62 miles (100 km) west of the Georgian capital Tbilisi.The pottery dates to around 3,000BC and would have been used by an enigmatic village based people called the Kura-Araxes to ferment the fruit. The discovery adds further weight to Georgia's long-cherished and championed belief that it is the birthplace of wine making. The first evidence of domesticated grapes in the form of pips have also been unearthed in the south west of the country and date back 6,000 years. It means Georgia really was the cradle of viticulture from where the technology spread to the so-called 'Fertile Crescent' of Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean. The vessel has an animal-shaped body with three small feet and a pouring hole on the back. The head is missing. It was found with a second similar vessel and a Kura-Araxes jar on the burnt floor of a large rectangular area with rounded corners - arguably a sort of shrine used for religious activities.
geotv.ge
Scientists used a technique called radiometric (C14) analyses which dates specimens by determining proportions of chemicals to show they go back to 3000-2900 BC.

The vessel was examined at the Georgian Museum of Tbilisi by palynologist Dr Eliso Kvavadze. She found it contains numerous well-preserved grains of pollen of Vitis vinifera - a common grape vine that is still used to make wine today. Dr Kvavadze said it shows wine's strategic role in the Kura-Araxes culture for ritual libations.

geotv.ge

In addition, two more online publications Science Daily and Hvino News have published articles on this topic claiming that Georgia is the cradle of viticulture.

According to Dr Kvavadze, the context of discovery suggests wine was drawn from the jar and offered to the gods or commonly consumed by the participants to the ceremony.The researchers said it's a key-finding for Georgia, where wine culture still continues in the course of traditional banquets called the Supra. This is a spirited, lively and overwhelming feast where wine is consumed from vessels derived from animal
horns in the context of elaborated ritual toasts. The Kura-Araxes is the only prehistoric culture of the Southern Caucasus which spread over large areas of the Near East - reaching Iran and the Syro-Palestinian region. Their pottery was distinctive and spread along trade routes into surrounding cultures. It was painted black and red using geometric designs. Examples have been found as far south as Syria and Israel, and as far north as Dagestan and Chechnya.

The vessel has an animal-shaped body with three small feet and a pouring hole on the back. The head is missing
geotv.ge

The people are also remarkable for the production of wheeled vehicles - wagons and carts - which were sometimes included in burials", - The article says.

Related stories:

Is Georgia the world's cradle of wine? - CNN

Alice Feiring’s “Odyssey through the world’s most ancient wine culture” in Georgia


Print
Other Stories
Georgia’s top resorts for curing various diseases
Each region of Georgia is notable for at least one recreational resort.
A foreign traveler offers a guide to trekking in Caucasus
There are a lot of people captivated by the mountains of Georgia.
Tao-Klarjeti – The lost beauty of Georgia
Tao-Klarjeti is a part of Georgian historical region of Upper Kartli, Mesxeti.
Unique discovery in Adjara’s 6 th century Petra fortress
A new discovery has been made in Georgia’s seaside region of Adjara.
Explore Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
Searching for cool place to hide from summer’s heat and relax in beautiful wild nature?
Beshumi – Paradise at 2000 meters above sea level in Adjara
Adjara is well-known region of Georgia with its beautiful sea resorts.
Top parks and recreational areas in Tbilisi
Spending hot summer in a big city is quite hard.
Explore Borjomi and its nearby landmarks
If you look for a place with beautiful greenery and historic landmarks, then definitely consider visiting Borjomi and its nearby cities.
Georgia’s top 13 resorts for budget travelers
Summer is the most popular season for vacations in Georgia.
Anatori – A tragic story of Khevsureti’s village
As it’s widely known, Khevsureti is one of the most beautiful places in Georgia.
9 amazing must visit waterfalls of Georgia
In hot summer days, everyone seeks a cool and beautiful place to spend holidays or simply to refresh oneself.
The “magical” place in Georgia where the blood formula changes in 21 days
Georgia boasts wide variety of resorts that stand out for their landscape, climate and healing features.
Another Allwine.ge shop opens in Tbilisi
Biblus Gallery shop at Tbilisi’s Chavchavadze avenue became home to another Allwine.ge shop
 Georgia's five resorts of Black Sea coast you have probably never visited before
Almost everyone knows about Georgia’s popular seaside resorts such as Batumi, Kobuleti and Ureki, yet some tourists
"Georgia: A guide to the cradle of wine" – Precious book for wine-lovers released
Vinologue is pleased to announce the release of the newest title in its collection of wine guides: "Georgia: A guide to the cradle of wine".
Top Georgian resorts to visit this summer
Summer has come and many of us are already thinking about where to spend holidays.
 National Geographic on Georgia's mining town
Georgia's Chiatura mining town, also known as a Ghost Town, in country's Imereti region, was featured at National Geographic.
Georgia’s Romeo and Juliet – Romantic tomb found in Mtskheta
Georgian archeologist Keti Digmelashvili has published the photo that shows the remains of two persons discovered in one of the tombs of the historical city of Mtskheta
Georgia's two petrol stations named among World’s Best 10
Gas stations are among the least celebrated works of architecture. However, London-based architecture website DesignCurial
Skip the Alps – Hike Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains instead
Ancient villages, soaring summits, and thousands of miles of wilderness make Georgia a contender for Europe’s most unsung destination, CNTraveler says.
The most interesting facts about Kakhetian wines
Georgian winemaking is unimaginable without its easternmost region of Kakheti.
A legend Georgians tell about wine
Georgia is a country of legends. According to one of the oldest and interesting popular narratives, Georgians associated the making of wine to the Creator.
Unique fish species discovered in the Black Sea
Unique and rare fish species were discovered in the Black Sea, as reported at the ‘Reinforcement of the Black Sea Monitoring’ presentation.
10 Things to do in Tbilisi – The Independent
With direct flights just launched from Gatwick, now's the perfect time to explore the Georgian capital, the Independent says.
VOGUE: A Visit to Batumi—Georgia’s Most Charming Seaside Town
Georgia's beautiful and sunny seaside city of Batumi has been featured on VOGUE.
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
19.08.2017
20.08.2017
USD
1
USD
2.3895
2.3895
EUR
1
EUR
2.8067
2.8067
GBP
1
GBP
3.0808
3.0808
RUB
100
RUB
4.0213
4.0213
750ml
White Dry
None  / 2016
18.30
750ml
Kvevri
Zangaura  / 2015
21.50
750ml
Red Semi-Sweet
Schuchmann Wines  / 2015
23.95
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Other Stories
It’s not always easy to choose a suitable place for your holidays.
A new video depicting beauty of Adjara's landscape , its capital Batumi and the natural resources has hit the social media recently.
Winners of PR Lions have been announced at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and Windfor's ad was among the winners for the first time in its history.
French architectural photographer Aurélien Villette has been traveling to different countries for years in order to document how architecture manifests cultural change.
Along with the development of tourism in Georgia, the number of high-class hotels is increasing.
Josko Gravner is an Italian winemaker, who discovered the Georgian traditional technology many years ago and has been using it since then.
A Georgian couple, who travels to the different regions of Georgia, has shared many adventures and interesting stories with us.
An amazing video featuring a lucky tourist given VIP treatment and dinner with the Prime Minister of Georgia went viral on the internet.
Georgia prepared a special surprise to the 6 000 000th tourist who entered the country in 2016.
Dirk Wagener, a German photographer, outdoorer, skier, and a journalist, along with his team of photographers and filmers are always in a search for the best places
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.3895
EUR
1
EUR
2.8067
GBP
1
GBP
3.0808
RUB
100
RUB
4.0213
August 2017
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31