The Caucasus region that spans Europe and Asia can rightfully lay claim to being the birthplace of winemaking. Whilst on two digs in Georgia in 2017, the molecular archaeologist Professor Patrick McGovern and his team found significant traces of tartaric acid in clay jars that dated to circa 6000 BC. The only fruit containing such high levels of this acid in its juice is Vitis Vinifera, the winemaking grape, and so the professor published a paper snappily titled, “Early Neolithic Wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus”.