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May 22 2013

Wine Grapes Aged for Centuries


Vintners age the best wines, and it seems the grape vine itself took ages to domesticate.

Genetic analysis suggests grapes were probably first cultivated in southwest Asia during the Neolithic, approximately 8,000 years ago. However, archeological evidence suggests thousands of years passed during which many cultivated grape vines in Europe still produced smaller grapes and lower yields than the thoroughly domesticated grape subspecies, Vitis vinifera vinifera.

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