Ancient Wine
The Search for the Origins of Viniculture
Patrick E. McGovern
With a new afterword by the author


A richly illustrated account of the story of ancient viniculture

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.

Patrick E. McGovern is scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is the author of Uncorking the Past and Ancient Brews and has collaborated with Dogfish Head Brewery to recreate a series of ancient ales.