Ancient Wine Bar? Giant Jugs Of Vino Unearthed In 3,700-Year-Old Cellar

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Archaeologists have discovered a personal wine cellar in a palace that dates back to 1700 B.C. It’s the oldest cellar known, and the personal stash was massive.

More than 500 gallons of wine were once stored in a room connected to the palace, located in modern-day northern Israel, scientists said Friday at a conference in Baltimore. That’s enough vino to fill 3,000 wine bottles — or a seven-person hot tub.

Now that’s a magnum: Each wine jug found at the palace in Kabri, Israel, could hold more than 13 gallons, or 75 bottles, of wine.

Courtesy of Eric H. Cline/George Washington University

But here’s the kicker: These Bronze Age winemakers weren’t just making plain-old wine. They got creative.

They were infusing their drink with oils and resins from herbs, nuts and wood, says archaeologist Eric Cline of George Washington University. “It was a resinated wine, like the Greek wine retsina.” [...] read more

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