Huge wine factory discovered in Israel

Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed a large wine factory dating back over 1,000 years.

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The complex has been discovered in the town of Yavne and includes five wine presses, warehouses and tens of thousands of fragments and jars.

Israel’s Antiquities Authority explained that the discovery shows that Yavne was a wine-making powerhouse in the past as it produces around two million litres of wine per year.

Jon Seligman, one of the directors for the excavation, said that wine in the area was prestigious and transported across the region.

He told MailOnline: “So far, other sites where wine was produced are known from the southern coastal plain.

“But now, we seem to have found the main production centre of this prestigious wine.

“From here, commercial quantities were transported to the ports, and then throughout the Mediterranean basin.

“This was a prestige wine, a light white wine, and it was taken to many, many countries around the Mediterranean.”


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