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Origins Of French Winemaking

Scholars have been almost certain that the Etruscans, a seafaring people from central Italy, brought their winemaking skills to France around the fifth century B.C. Now analysis of scrapings from 2,500-year-old pottery amphorae found near Montpellier in Southern France confirm they held a type of wine flavored with basil, rosemary and thyme. Researchers also found that a press of the same era, formerly thought to be used to press olives, was actually a wine press.