Ancient Winemaking Complex Discovered In Israel

It’s believed the facility could’ve produced around 500,000 gallons of wine each year.

It’s always interesting when archaeologists dig something up from the past. In Israel, it happened recently after a complex used for making wine was unearthed after being out of use for some 1500 years.

Yavne was the town where they discovered the complex. The discovery included various warehouses, a kiln for producing the storage vessels, thousands of fragments from jars and pottery, and five presses for making the wine.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

According to Israel’s antiquities Authority, this just proves beyond a doubt that a lot of wine was made in Yavan some 1500 years ago.

According to some estimates, over 500,000 gallons of wine could be produced every year at the facility.

Photo: Facebook/Israel Antiquities Authority
Photo: Facebook/Israel Antiquities Authority

A director who worked on the excavation, Jon Seligman, said they produced “Gaza” wine and it was shipped throughout the area. Researchers are also thinking this was the primary place where they made that label.

It was a popular wine in the area, but the light white wine was also sent as far away as Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. They even feel that it may have been exported to Italy.

The excavations that uncovered this complex took place over the past two years. Watch the video below to learn more:

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