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Etruscans got wine from the Phoenicians and took it to S. France…

June 4, 2013

That’s right… according to recent findings, it would seem the French wine, and wine descended from French cultivars (most wine in the world), may have been originally introduced to Southern France by Italians. Read more below in a snippet from a recent BBC news article.

Evidence of the earliest winemaking in France has been described – and it indicates Italian origins.

Shaped vessels called amphoras, known to have been imported from the Etruscan people of Italy around 500 BC, have shown chemical evidence of wine.

A wine press identified in the same region shows that the beverage quickly gained favour and launched a local industry that would conquer the world.

The study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

There is also evidence that the wines contained herbal and pine resins, which may have helped preserve them for shipping.

The history of wine development is a patchy one, principally because wine leaves behind few chemical markers that archaeologists today can ascribe definitively to wine, rather than other agricultural products.

The earliest known examples of wine-making as we know it are in the regions of modern-day Iran, Georgia, and Armenia – and researchers believe that modern winemaking slowly spread westward from there to Europe.

Click to read the full article French Wine has Italian Origines, at BBC News.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. jaksichja permalink
    June 4, 2013 10:08:27 pm

    Enjoyed reading it and learned much!

  2. June 5, 2013 10:08:00 am

    That’s like the New Zealanders saying that we stole the recipe for lamingtons and pavlova’s from THEM! You might be able to point a finger in the direction but you will NEVER get the French to admit that they weren’t the first 😉

    • June 5, 2013 10:08:48 pm

      Woah there! Let’s be safe and just leave Pavs out of this debate. I’m getting some sidelong glances across the table from my wife… who is half kiwi….

  3. Maurice Eddy permalink
    December 15, 2013 10:08:59 pm

    Pavlova!! The meringue style of Pav was first made by a Lady in Canterbury N.Z. who adapted a recipe from her homeland in Russia. I think it was in the 1860’s.
    It was in a N.Z. cookbook about 3 years before it appeared in an Ausie book.
    Do not confuse these recepes with the uncooked and part cooked recipes which were produced bu lazy Chefs in the 1970’s.

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