It’s never too early for wine?


It’s nice when things con­nect. There was a press release last week on the earli­est known winery being found in Armenia. The paper is Chemical evid­ence for wine pro­duc­tion around 4000 BCE in the Late Chalcolithic Near Eastern high­lands. Alas, it’s not Open Access so if you want to read it can you can’t use a lib­rary or blag a copy it’ll be expens­ive. It was covered in other blogs, so I wouldn’t nor­mally men­tion it.

Meanwhile another release has come out about some genetic work on grapes in PNAS. I found this while work­ing on AoB Blog. Genetic struc­ture and domest­ic­a­tion his­tory of the grape is open access, but you’ll have to do a search on the title as the DOI isn’t work­ing (as I write this). This dates the domest­ic­a­tion of grapes to no later than 5,000 years ago — and the likely centre of domest­ic­a­tion is the region between the Black Sea and Caspian Seas.

After much fid­dling about I’ve man­aged to set up a map on AoB Blog show­ing where the winery is. You can decide for your­self if the two approaches are com­ing to the same loc­a­tion for the ori­gin of wine.