Ask Sid: Which country is credited for the first use of grapes for wine making?

June 9th, 2021
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Question: Please solve an ongoing debate we have on which country is credited for the first use of grapes for wine making?

Answer: Yes this is a really tricky one. There is evidence of early wines in the many countries comprising a wide definition of the Levant (including Mesopotamia, Middle East including Turkey plus Greece to Egypt) Georgia and even Italy (especially Sicily) and other countries. All of this is further complicated by the use of pure 100% grape juice or mixing some of it with apple juice, beer, fermented rice, fruits, honey, or whatever. The latest historical information tends to credit China for the earliest mixed versions and Armenia for actually earliest wine production. Pleased to receive any other thoughts?


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June 9th, 2021

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