In an Armenian cave on the border with Iran, an archeologist team from Armenia, the U.S. and Ireland discovered a full wine making kit dating back 6,000 years to the Copper Age.
The artifacts include a basic wine press, large clay fermenting vat and remains of grapevines and seeds. The discovery sits in an underground cave complex near the border with Iran close to a village still making its own wine. The cave complex was used for funerals which implies the wine was used ceremoniously.
The announcement of the September discovery was made Tuesday in the Journal of Archeological Science. This is the same archeological site where the world’s oldest shoe was discovered in June 2010.
For more details see full articles from my sources, Discovery News and Wine Spectator.