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Prints of ancient grapevine were discovered in the clay lake sets of the upper flows of the river Eghegis in the Armenian Vayots Dzor region and the archeological researches of those prints proved their 4-5 thousand year origin. Other ancient artifacts unearthed by archeologists state the grapes were used in the second half of the VI millennium B.C. and were discovered in the Neolithic residency of Aratashen, not far from Vagharshapat.
The ancient remnants of wine grapes were discovered in the south-eastern plain of Kharberd, in the second half of the 5th millennium B.C. Ararat plain is the most important farming and historical as well as cultural center of Armenia. The researches of the Armenian grapes seeds discovered from excavations of the VIII-VII centuries BC largest cities of Van kingdom (Urartu) located in Ararat plain show that they belong to the processed grapes grades. When comparing the modern sorts of grapes, it became clear that the grapes discovered from Urartu monuments are similar with their shapes to the local grades of grapes widely raised in Ararat plain today.
Near the Sisian city in the middle Bronze Age tomb (XIX – XVII centuries B.C.) was found a cup the innage of the walls of which states that wine was kept in it. Besides the remains of grapes, there were also found cups for wine in the different parts of the Armenian Highland. A lot of royal carvings about planting vineyards and ceremonies concerning it, wine sacrificing, wineries and wine storage were found in Van kingdom (Urartu), Armenian Highland, in the IX –VIII centuries B.C. Interesting facts about wine making in Armenia come to us from non-Armenian ancient writers also.