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Unveiling the “Mysterious” Gaza Wine: Scientists Analyze Ancient Grapes

From SciTechDaily (27/05/2023)

Unveiling the “Mysterious” Gaza Wine: Scientists Analyze Ancient Grapes

Investigations into grape seeds, unearthed from a Byzantine monastery in Israel, provide clues to the “mysterious” origins of Gaza wine and the historical progression of grapevine cultivation in arid climates.


These seeds, sourced from communities in Israel’s Negev desert, one of them traced back to the 8th century, are believed to have originated from a white grape. This potentially represents the earliest recorded instance of this type globally.


It is thought it could be linked to the sweet white wine – the Gaza wine – that archaeologists have seen references to in historical records, but a lack of evidence of white varieties from the period has until now left a question mark over its true origins.



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