Discovery of Negev Wine Grape Seeds

Discovery of 1,500-Year-Old Negev Wine Grape Seeds

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Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has recently announced the discovery of grape seeds used for one of the most renowned wines of the Byzantine Empire. The strand of wine is often called “Gaza Wine” or “The Wine of the Negev,” named after the region from which it originated. The Negev today only grows European varieties — hence it was impossible to reveal the secret behind the fame ancient wine, until recently. Now with the actual grape seeds in hand, archaeologists plan to recreate the wine. The dig was jointly led by the University of Haifa and the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Halutza excavation site.