Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues

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The researchers, including Patrick McGovern, analyzed pottery from sites in Georgia and found traces of substances, like tartaric acid, that are the chemical fingerprint of grapes. “If we see the tartaric acid, that shows that we have wine or a grape product,” McGovern says. The researchers are reporting their discovery this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The oldest of these jars came from 8,000 years ago. It’s the earliest artifact ever found showing humans consuming juice from the Eurasian grapes that are the foundation of today’s wine industry.

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The people at Gadachrili Gora, 20 km outside Tbilisi were the world’s earliest winemakers.
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Georgian wine made it to the Guinness list as the oldest wine in the World.

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Shovi: Inside a secret Soviet holiday spot: The abandoned resort in the ‘Georgian Switzerland’ once used by the Kremlin’s elite

In a remote mountain region of Georgia lies a reminder of the country’s Soviet past in the form of a now abandoned holiday resort.

Tucked away in the Caucasus mountain range in the region of Racha, western Georgia, the holiday resort has been left neglected for decades.

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