Oldest Wine Cellar in the World Discovered in Israel

According to USA Today, archaeologists have dug up the world’s oldest wine cellar, dating to 1700 BCE. Attached to a banquet hall in the Tel Kabri site in present-day Israel, the cellar is comprised 40 jars that contained a combined 2,000 liters of liquid, “meaning the cellar could have held the equivalent of nearly 3,000 bottles of red and white wine.” Though the contents of the smashed jugs have long since dried up, traces of ingredients such as, “honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins,” give an idea of the possible flavors and functions of wine in Canaanite culture. Apparently the Canaanites had both an awareness of the drink’s medicinal qualities and a fondness for spiced wine. How festive! [USA Today]