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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 12:53 AM
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Burgundy Wine Has Long History In France: Remains Of Gallo-Roman Vineyard Discovered In Gevrey-Chamb
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Gevrey-Chambertin, 12 km from Dijon, is famous throughout the world for its Burgundy wines. It is now possible to conclude that winegrowing in this region goes back to the Gallo-Roman era, as testified by the findings of excavations by the Institut National de Recherches Archologiques Prventives (INRAP), at the spot known as "Au dessus de Bergis".

Carried out in collaboration with scientists from the ARTeHIS Laboratory (CNRS/Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication/Universit de Bourgogne), the archeological dig revealed 316 rectangular pits aligned in 26 rows, interpreted as being the remains of a vineyard from the first century AD.

Commissioned by the French Government (DRAC Bourgogne), excavations covering nearly 12,000 m were completed during the summer of 2008 before building work started to enlarge a housing estate planned by Gevrey-Chambertin town council. The dig, divided into two sectors, revealed a series of hollow remains (pits, pot-holes and ditches) from different periods. For the Gallo-Roman era, an area of more than 6000 m was covered by more than 300, regularly spaced and aligned pits, surrounded by a continuous peripheral ditch. These rectangular pits are 90 to 130 cm long by a little less than 60 cm wide, and sections of the soil filling them indicate the void left by the trunk and roots of a small shrub. Many of the pits are split into two compartments by a small ridge of rubble and soil.

How can these remains be interpreted? The alignment and rectangular shape of the pits are similar to those found at the sites of other Gallo-Roman vineyards discovered in both southern France, the region around Paris and in the UK. The small dimensions of the pits mean that the hypothesis of an orchard can be excluded. The "ghosts" of small shrubs observed in the filing earth are of the size of a vine stock.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/0903100848...

All this time I thought Gallo was produced down by Merced... :hide:
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 01:06 AM
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1. bravo!
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 01:18 AM
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2. Now *that's* cool!
And yeah firstly: Gallo!! Who Knew :shrug: but secondly we knew a good old Italian boy that retired off those fields in Merced it's an itty bitty world :applause:
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