Where do you think the cradle of winemaking belongs? If you are like most people than you might immediately think of Italy or even France but the truth is that even ancient accounts indicate that place to be Armenia. After country rules elsewhere, Armenia is finally bringing life back into the wine industry. To learn more about Armenia and their vineyards, read more here.
- In 2010, researchers with the University of California, Los Angeles and the Armenian Institute of Archeology and Ethnography unearthed archeological evidence of the world’s oldest known winery in the village of Areni in southeastern Armenia.
- Beneath a layer of sheep manure inside a cave, the remains of crushed grapes and vessels for collecting and fermenting grape juice dating to 6,100 years ago were recovered, proving that humans produced wine systematically one thousand years earlier than thought.
- Additionally, traces of a grape used in red wine production today were found on pot shards at the excavation site, forging a new link between ancient and modern wine production.
“Located at the intersection of the European and Arabian tectonic plates, Armenia is an extremely mountainous country, covered almost entirely by the Lesser Caucasus Mountains”