A new discovery has taken the start of winemaking back to 6,000 BC.
This fall, a joint team of archaeologists from the University of Toronto and the Georgian National Museum collected fragments of ceramic jars in the ruins of a village in Georgia (the independent republic in Eurasia, not the Peach State). The 8,000-year-old shards were layered with “tartaric acid and organic acids like malic, succinic, and citric,” according to Inverse.
These compounds, considered the fingerprint chemicals of wine, were found alongside other evidence of winemaking—and that combination convinced the researchers that they’d found the oldest examples of growing grapes for the purpose making wine. Previously, scientists believed that winemaking began in Iran around the year 5,000 BC.
The new discovery was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, a peer-reviewed paper that apparently takes wine just a seriously as us laymen. And while you probably can’t drink a bottle of 8,000 year old wine, you can take some comfort in the knowledge that ancient humans were stressed enough to get drunk, too. Take a look at the full report here.