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Feb 18

HISTORY: A GALLO-ROMAN VINE DISCOVERED IN GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN!

Tag: Allgemeines,Regionensigi.hiss @ 07:46

Gevrey ChambertinThe traces of a Gallo-Roman plantation of vines have been discovered in Gevrey-Chambertin. It is the oldest direct proof of vine-growing in Burgundy. It probably dates from the 1st century AD. This discovery means our history books on Burgundy vines will need revising. For a long time now specialists have dated the appearance of vines in Burgundy to circa 312AD, when a certain Eumenius sent a text describing the Burgundy vineyards to the Emperor Constantine.
These remains were unearthed during preventive digs when a housing estate was being built. Intrigued by a series of small aligned ditches, a team from the Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives pursued their research. There are a little less than 400 ditches divided into 27 rows. Jean-Pierre Garcia and his team from the Arthéis reach laboratory at the Université de Dijon observed that these plantations correspond to vines growing techniques recommended by Roman agriculturalists (Pliny the Ancient, Columella).

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