Earliest winemaking traced back 8,000 years to Georgia

A neolithic jar from Khramis Didi-Gora, Georgia.

Story highlights

  • Neolithic pottery shards were found to contain grape wine residue
  • Expert: "The human relationship with wine has a truly deep history"

(CNN)The earliest evidence of winemaking has been traced back 8,000 years to Georgia by an international team of scientists.

Neolithic pottery shards were found to contain grape wine residue from 6000-5800 B.C., almost 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.
    "As a Georgian, we always believed that wine came from Georgia, but now we have scientific evidence from natural science and archaeology to prove it," said David Lordkipanidze, director of the Georgian National Museum and co-author of the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    The new discovery reinforces the established and well preserved culture of wine in the country.
    "We have an uninterrupted history of wine in Georgia -- the jars found in the Neolithic period are similar to the vessels we still use today," said Lordkipanidze.
    The team analyzed 18 shards from pottery jars uncovered in recen