Italians taught French wine-making

Italians taught French wine-making

Archaeology suggests Etruscans brought the grape to Gaul

By Cristy Gelling, 18:57 PM June 3, 2013

French winemakers learned their art after developing a taste for Italian wines, a new study suggests.

Archaeologists have found traces of grapes on a stone platform dated to 425 to 400 B.C. from a site in southern France. The traces suggest that people used the platform for stomping on the fruit to make wine. The researchers also found wine traces at the same site in older, imported amphorae, the pottery shipping containers of the ancient Mediterranean.

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