This is one of oldest wineries in the world
As well as one of the largest
Archaeologists from the IIA (Israel Antiquities Authority) have uncovered 1,500-year-old wine presses on a large site in the city of Yavne, south of Tel Aviv.
Along with the wine presses, reportedly capable of producing two million bottles a year, they’ve also uncovered warehouses as well as amphorae, which could’ve been used to store the wine.
According to the IIA, the site dates back to the Byzantine era around the 4th-5th century CE. The directors of the excavation released a statement: “We were surprised to discover a sophisticated factory here, which was used to produce wine in commercial quantities. Furthermore, decorative niches in the shape of a conch, which adorned the winepresses, indicate the great wealth of the factory owners.”
The IIA and the Israeli government said the site will be preserved as an archaeological park, and they will offer guided tours on the site in the future.