Grapevines

Grapevines with red grapes in Thessaly, Greece

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The Greeks domesticated grapevines around 4000 years ago, according to a comparison of ancient seeds discovered in archaeological excavations.

We know that people began making wine by fermenting wild-picked grapes before the fruit was domesticated – in Greece, some of the earliest evidence of wine-making, in the form of grape residues in pottery, dates back to at least 4300 BC – but now researchers have found that by around 2000 BC, people in central Greece had already begun to develop a finer taste for wine.

“This means that people knew better how …