Eight of the world’s oldest wineries

Archaeologists are continually discovering millennia-old wineries, but few still in business today can boast a history stretching back to the Middle Ages.


Barone Ricasoli in Tuscany, Italy

The earliest evidence of wine production discovered dates back 6,000 BC in Armenia and 5,000 BC in Iran. While the oldest winery to date was discovered in Armenia, dating back to 4,100 BC. The site contained an ancient wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups, as well as vinifera seeds and vines.

Most recently archaeologists in Israel unearthed a collection of wine jars and grape seeds at a 4,000 year old castle dating back to the Canaanite period.

However these wineries, of course, have long ceased production.

Here, we round up some of the world’s oldest wineries that are still in operation today, with several boasting a Medieval history spanning the Middle Ages.

Click through for a brief insight into some of the world’s oldest wineries….

4 Responses to “Eight of the world’s oldest wineries”

  1. Rastko Fajndovic says:

    What about Château Haut Brion, The Pontac’s Head and Samuel Pepys?

  2. CHATEAU LA NERTHE (Chateauneuf-du-Pape): first written record 1560, likely to have been established over a century earlier…

  3. Katja says:

    It was not Armenia but Georgia actually. Get your facts straight 😉

  4. Hilda says:

    Growing grapes goes back to 8000 BC and the first people who made wine were Armenians in Areni-1 Cave Complex 6100 BC.

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