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Scientists Identify Ancient Grapes from Byzantine Days

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

From Wine Spectator (01/06/2023)

An archaeological dig in southern Israel has uncovered an ancient wine industry and two grapes with a storied past.
"Scientists Identify Ancient Grapes from Byzantine Days"

Archeologists digging in the Negev desert in southern Israel have uncovered evidence of a booming wine industry dating back more than 1,500 years. They have also found and genetically analyzed two ancient winegrape varieties that thrived in the hot, dry climate of the region. Some members of Israel's young wine industry hope to use the grapes to produce wines with a link to the region's long history.



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