Welcome again to our new website and we hope very much that you will be joining our many happy customers who are now able to purchase some of the best European ales and wines available.
And talking of wine – one of our favourite subjects! – a couple of months back, we spotted a very interesting article in The Guardian which reports analysis of clay pottery found during a recent archeaological dig in Georgia provides evidence that grape wine making can now be dated back to around 6,000 BC, a full 500 years or more earlier that first thought. The findings from the study have been confirmed as unquestionable and “certainly the example of the oldest pure grape wine in the world”, besting the previously held record held by traces of Iranian wine found just 500km away and dated to 5,400-5,000 BC.
Whilst remnants of older vessels from around 7,000 BC had previously been found in China and these certainly contained some kind of fermented liquid, it appeared this was a mix of grapes and other ingredients rather than pure grape wine.
So, for those of us who enjoy partaking of the grape now and again, it would seem we are in very good – and very old – company! Click here to read the full article.