Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture

    Afterword by
  • Patrick E. McGovern

A richly illustrated account of the story of ancient viniculture


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Oct 1, 2019
16 color + 44 b/w illus. 7 maps.
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The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive account of the earliest stages of the history and prehistory of viniculture, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine by drawing on recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing, and the writings and art of ancient peoples. In a new afterword, the author discusses exciting recent developments in the understanding of ancient wine, including a new theory of how viniculture came to central and northern Europe.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin Grand Prize, History, Literature and Fine Arts Category
  • Winner of the Research Prize, Asociación Internacional de Historia y Civilización de la Vid y el Vino
  • Honorable Mention for the Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Geology and Earth Sciences Professional/Scholarly Award, Association of American Publishers