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Grape expectations: DNA reveals history of vintage wine

Grape expectations: DNA reveals history of vintage wine

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The French were probably sipping wine made from an identical grape to one used today back in medieval times.DNA from ancient grape seeds shows the grapevine behind a local vintage has been cultivated continuously for 900 years.Ancient grapes found at archaeological sites also reveal what the Romans grew in their vineyards 2,000 years ago.They may have made wines closely related to Pinot Noir and Syrah, according to scientists.It has long been suspected that some grape varieties used in modern wine are identical to plants grown hundreds of years ago. Grape vines are propagated by taking cuttings, allowing grapes behind particularly delicious wines to be passed down the ge...