Israeli Archeologists Discover 1,500-Year-Old Winemaking Complex

Israeli archeologists said on Oct. 11 that they have discovered the world’s largest known Byzantine-era winery in Israel.

The winemaking complex, dating back to 1,500 years ago, contains five presses spread over a square kilometer at Yavne, south of Tel Aviv, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The archeologists estimate that the winery produced two million liters of wine annually, which were exported around the Mediterranean.

The wines produced were known as Gaza and Ashkelon Wine, named after the ports where it was exported.

The complex also contained warehouses for aging and bottling wine and kilns for firing the jars used for storing it.

According to the archeologists, there are plans to make the complex a tourist attraction after preservation work has been completed.


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