Archaeologists discover a 1,500-year-old Wine Factory in Israel

 

The wine factory was recently uncovered by archaeologists in Yavne, south of Tel Aviv includes 1,500-year-old wine presses, ageing and bottling warehouses as well as kilns for firing amphorae in which the wine was stored, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

The site, according to the IAA, dates back to the Byzantine era, which is the 4th-5th century CE, this will make the winery the largest known to exist from that period.

The directors of the excavation Dr. Elie Haddad, Liat Nadav-Ziv and Dr. Jon Seligman said in a joint statement: “We were surprised to discover a sophisticated factory here, which was used to produce wine in commercial quantities. Furthermore, decorative niches in the shape of a conch, which adorned the winepresses, indicate the great wealth of the factory owners.”

They added: “A calculation of the production capacity of these wine presses shows that approximately two million litres of wine were marketed every year, while we should remember that the whole process was conducted manually.”

Each wine press at the Yavne site covered an area of ​​about 225 square metres, with a treading floor where the grapes would be crushed underfoot surrounded by separate compartments and vats for fermentation and win

The plan is for the site to be preserved and later opened as an archaeological park with tours being offered.

 

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Italy Becomes ‘Dominant Force’ on the Fine Wine Market

According to Liv-ex, Italy has become a ‘dominant force’ on the fine wine market, with the country’s previously under-represented regions rising in importance on the secondary market.

Last year Italy’s sub-index increased 12.2%, and the increased trading of Italian wine on the secondary market trade has shown Italy becoming the third most traded category, according to a recent Liv-ex report. Italy enjoyed a record high market share at 16% in the year-to-date, behind Bordeaux (40.5%) and Burgundy (20.4%).

In recent years, there has been a significant expansion in the market of Italian fine wine, with the number of vintage wines on the secondary market having grown 2,566% between 2010 and 2021. There is no sign of this slowing either, as this year has seen it surpass the levels achieved for the whole of 2020, by 5.3%.

The Liv-ex report shows that demand for the critically acclaimed Super Tuscans has generated the majority of trade, offering steady returns and low volatility. However, as this demand has grown, more Italian brands have entered the secondary market, and there has been greater exposure of some of these ‘lesser’ known regions, such as Veneto, Abruzzo, Umbria, and others which have entered the market in the last two years.

“The increased diversity of Italian wines trading on the secondary market would not have been possible without Italy’s strengthened image as a competitive fine wine force on the international stage,” Liv-ex said.

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Milano Wine Week October 2 to 10, 2021

Milano Wine Week: The global event has become more technical.

Milano Wine Week, the first wine event to connect the city of Milan with 11 metropolises in seven key export markets – the U.S.A, Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Hong Kong and Japan – has become more technical.

This innovative interactive event will facilitate direct connection between the world’s wine business community along with Italian wineries and producers. The platform represents an interactive hub and a medium that can be used free by all members of the trade and buyers who register and will allow them to take part in the masterclasses in the 11 cities involved – Montreal, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Miami, London, Moscow, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

The masterclasses with simultaneous translation from Italian to English, the 4 forums of in-depth analysis – devoted to wine science, wine retail, internationalization, and emerging trends in the industry – which will involve prestigious speakers and international experts in the sector, the workshops and webinars will be available both live and on demand for professionals who have registered from all over the world, who will also be able to consult the catalog of producers and of the wines that are being presented during the event and contact the wineries and producers directly.

Milano Wine Week goes even further and is launching the innovative “W” app, an instrument for wine lovers, so that they can enjoy to the full the nine days of the event, from 2nd to 10th October, and navigate among the hundreds of appointments and meetings spread around Milan, all organized with total respect for the regulations safeguarding the health and safety of participants.

Innovation is part of Milano Wine Week’s DNA: thanks to the digitalization of the wine lists of all the city’s restaurants, Milan will be the first city in the world in which one can choose where to go and eat based on the wine that one wishes to drink: an innovative experience that will be possible using the “W” App, which will also allow users to take advantage of many of the city’s services: renting a bike, booking a visit to an exhibition, reserving a place at an event or taking part in the Wine Tours which, during Milano Wine Week, will connect Milan with the wine regions that are nearby or not too far away.

In the USA, the tastings – organized with the support of ITA – Italian Trade Agency and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, entirely in line with the current regulations for the health and safety of those participating – will take place in New York from 4th to 7th October at Il Gattopardo (13-15 W 54th Street), from 4th to 6th October in Chicago (at Gibsons Italia, 233 N Canal St) and Miami (at SLS Brickell,

Further details on the event can be found at www.milanowineweek.com

 

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Some more photos of my visit to Moulin de Verzenay

Here are some more photos of my visit to Moulin de Verzenay and the surrounding views. 

Mumms 2021 Harvest – Part l – Moulin de Verzenay article can be found www.Liz-Palmer.com

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The City of Vienna is the World’s Largest Urban Vineyard

Vienna, the capital of Austria is the world’s largest wine-producing city.

Here are some facts. Vienna has 700 hectares of vineyards, with over 276 producers.  The vintners produce within the city limits, in the areas around Kahlenberg, Nussberg, Bisamberg, and Mauer, where the Danube and proximity of the Vienna Woods provides optimal climatic conditions.

Wine Heritage

Wine production is a long-established tradition in Vienna which dates back to the 12th century. Austria’s signature grape is the Grüner Veltliner, a white wine variety that ripens in mid to late October, and accounts for over a quarter of the wine produced in Vienna.

Wine Culture

Some of the best places to taste and explore Viennese wines is in ‘heurigers’ or taverns. Heuriger mean, in EN, a cosy tavern where local winemakers showcase and serve their wines.  This is still a big part of Viennese city life. Vienna has over 100 heurigers scattered around the city centre. Since 2019, Viennese heuriger culture has been considered an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Presently Vienna’s bars and restaurants are a big part of this lively wine scene as Vienna’s creative new generation winemakers bring a contemporary twist to its ‘heuriger’ heritage. New bars rub shoulders with the ancient craft and pair the wine with locally produced food.

Vienna’s wine renaissance and the revival of this farm-to-table lifestyle make it “ A must visit destination!”

Vienna’s Wine Hiking Day 

Vienna Wine Hiking Day is held each year in the fall when locals and visitors explore the urban vineyards by four different wine trails or hiking routes. At many points along the way, the Viennese vintners offer tastings from cellar and kitchen.

Tickets can be booked online for 2022

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