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    French Wine May Have Roots in Italy

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    A study of ancient wine paraphernalia has uncovered evidence that that the French wine industry may have been founded on wine imported from Italy.  

    France has given a lot to the world including some amazing wines.

    A study of ancient wine paraphernalia has uncovered evidence that that the French wine industry may have been founded on wine imported from Italy.
    According to the research, Italian wine was probably shipped over to France using a vessel called an amphora around the 5th century BC.

    Chemical evidence on an amphora shows that the Etruscan people of Italy were transporting wine to France before the French had a wine industry of their own.

    A wine press from the same area of France where the amphora was found shows that the French quickly developed their own wine making industry.

    Doctor Patrick McGovern, from the University of Pennsylvania, who worked on the study said: " You could have it spreading across Germany, say, from Romania - but this really provides a definite set of evidence that it came from Italy.”

    The analysis of ancient wine making and transporting tools also show evidence that there were additives in the wine, like pine resin and herbs such as rosemary, basil or thyme.