` Oldest Wine Cellar in the World ‘

#AceHistory2Research – An ancient wine cellar, believed to be the oldest discovered so far, has been uncovered by a team of U.S. and Israeli archaeologists.

The cellar, found among the ruins of a palace in Tel Kabri, Israel, dates back almost 4,000 years. It contains 40 amphorae-like jars, which each held 50 litres of sweet wine – and the residue left inside hints at the recipe enjoyed at the time.

Oldest Winery in the WorldThe team of international experts believe the 2,000 litres of fine wine was made by ancient Canaanites in 1,700 B.C. who flavoured the wine with cinnamon, mint, honey and psychotropic resins.

Professor Eric Cline, chair of the department of classical and near eastern languages and civilisations at the university, said the team first came across a three-foot long jug, which they named ‘Bessie’.

Oldest Winery Dig‘We dug and dug, and all of a sudden, Bessie’s friends started appearing-five, 10, 15, ultimately 40 jars packed in a 15-by-25-foot storage room,’ he said.

‘This is a hugely significant discovery – it’s a wine cellar that, to our knowledge, is largely unmatched in age and size.’

The group made the discovery at the 75-acre Tel Kabri site in Israel – the ruins of a northern Canaanite city – and said the cellar held the equivalent of 3,000 of today’s bottles of red and white wine.

Dr Andrew Koh, assistant professor of classical studies at Brandeis University, near Boston, analysed the residue found inside the jars to identify what they were originally used for.

He found traces of tartaric and syringic acid, which are both key components in wine.

Dr Koh also discovered compounds suggesting ingredients popular in ancient wine-making, including honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins.

The recipe is similar to medicinal wines used in ancient Egypt for two thousand years.

He said: ‘This wasn’t moonshine that someone was brewing in their basement, eyeballing the measurements.

‘This wine’s recipe was strictly followed in each and every jar.’

Courtesy of: Daily Mail 

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