.. and ’twas–the Grape!

And lately, by the Tavern Door agape,
Came stealing through the Dusk an Angel Shape
Bearing a Vessel on his Shoulder; and
He bid me taste of it; and ’twas–the Grape! 

–The Rubaiyat

a prehistoric people in whats now Armenia also built the world’s oldest known winery, a new study says.

Undertaken at a burial site, their winemaking may have been dedicated to the dead—and it likely required the removal of any fancy footwear.

Near the village of Areni, in the same cave where a stunningly preserved, 5,500-year-old leather moccasin was recently found, archaeologists have unearthed a wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage vessels, drinking cups, and withered grape vines, skins, and seeds, the study says.

Earliest Known Winery Found in Armenian Cave

Image is a selection from the photo on the linked site, National Geographic.

The Rubaiyat text found here:Edward Fitzgerald

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