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How long have the French been making wine?

So…related to Native Leaf’s fun wine facts and wine making blog posts of late, we wanted to share a link to an interesting program on the Science Friday radio show about Tracking the Origins of French Winemaking.

Here is the link to the NPR Science Friday radio show that aired on June 7th (or click on the image below)…

French winemaking post

Relief image from Penn Museum via Science Friday website

New archeological finds tell us that the French have been making wine since about 500 B.C.

Although France is currently the world’s top producer of wine by volume (over 6,590,750 in metric tons according to the latest data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  an agency of the United Nations) the French were not the first large-scale producers of wine.

The French learned their wine making craft from the Etruscans — which in our modern times is Italy.

The person interviewed on the Science Friday program is Patrick McGovern, the lead author of a report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Patrick McGovern has studied the origins of winemaking for many years and has authored many books on this topic.  Here is a related article & link on Philly.com – Tracing French Wine  about this latest find…



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