Win or Winam or Win-O. Here’s some wine history


The word wine comes from the Old English word win, which derives from the Proto-Germanic *winam, an early borrowing from the Latin vinum, “wine” or “(grape) vine” — itself derived from the Proto-Indo-European word *win-o. The fact that all branches of Semitic have a nearly identical term for grape suggests a prehistoric loan into Indo-European from that family.
The earliest signs of wine date back to 6000 BC. Wine residue has been found in ceramic jars from the Neolithic sites at Shulaveri, of present-day Georgia. Hajji Firuz Tepe in the Zagros Mountains of present-day Iran (5400-5000 BC) and from Late Uruk (3500-3100 BC) occupation at the site of Uruk, in Mesopotamia.

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