According to "Sakstat" (Georgia's statistical institution), until 2011 this brand has belonged to a British company. The new registration allows Georgia to ban any other company using the name without permission. Use of the brand "Cradle of Wine" is supposed to help promote Georgia as the oldest wine-producing country.
The valleys of the South Caucasus, namely Georgia, are believed by many archaeologists to be the source of the world's first cultivated grapevines and neolithic wine production, over 8,000 years ago. Although no liquid wine from the period has survived, scientists have found and tested wine residues discovered on the inner surfaces of 8,000-year-old ceramic storage jars.
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