Roman grape seeds found in Chianti region of Italy

Published on December 10th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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150 Roman grape seeds which date back to the first century A.D. have been found in a well in Italy.

The tiny grape seeds, unearthed during a dig this past summer in Cetamura del Chianti, were discovered in a well and are probably from about the 1st century A.D., roughly about the time the Romans inhabited what is now Italy's Chianti region. The seeds could provide "a real breakthrough" in the understanding of the history of Chianti vineyards in the area, de Grummond said.

"We don't know a lot about what grapes were grown at that time in the Chianti region," she said. "Studying the grape seeds is important to understanding the evolution of the landscape in Chianti. There's been lots of research in other vineyards but nothing in Chianti.

[Full story] Story: Elizabeth Bettendorf, Physorg | Photo: Physorg

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