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  • The Oldest Winery
  • Triangle Wine Country
The Oldest Winery

Uncovered in 2007, this large complex contains a 6,100-year-old winery that includes fermenting vats, a grape press and subterranean clay storage vessels.  Archeological excavations at Areni-1 have uncovered not just the first-ever winery, but also the oldest known leather shoe and a human skull containing the most ancient fragment of brain tissue in existence. 

It’s been suggested the skulls and wine were linked in ceremony, and in its earliest days, the mystery of fermentation and inebriation was considered a gift of the gods—something to be ritualized. That’s why, as organized religions arose, wine became linked to divinities like Teshub, Osiris, Dionysus, and Jesus.

  • Triangle Wine Country

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