Marawi Wine: The Wine Which Used the Same Grapes as Jesus Christ's Wine

Dec 01, 2015 10:50 PM EST | By Denise Valerie Uychiat

Wine is practically present in most occasions. From baby showers to weddings, more and more people choose to drink wine more than other drinks because they believe in the health benefits wine can give them. How do you think would you feel if you were told that you may soon be able to taste the same wine Jesus Christ drank 1,800 years ago.

Using ancient grape seeds and archaic methods, archaeologists and geneticists from Ariel University teamed up to make the wine King David and Jesus Christ drank, all thanks to innovations in the science of winemaking.

Lead researcher, Eliyashiv Drori, an oenologist (a winemaker and scientist all together) at Ariel University told the New York Times the in the scriptures, there were a lot of wine talks and with grapes, and even when the French were even thinking about making wine, we were already being exported. Israel has a very ancient identity and for Drori, building up this identity is more important than anything. For her, it's a matter of the pride my nation has.

The Jewish National Fund backed Israeli winemakers with $750,000 for the release of "Marawi" wine last month. They had it at the Recanati Winery which is a small vineyard in Gyaot, near where Drori lives in the West Bank. Marawi grapes, also called Hamdani, can be traced back to A.D. 220. It grew out of a innovative project by Ariel University.

The seed specimens were discovered near the site of destroyed Jewish temples, next to a clay sign with an ancient Hebraic writing that read "smooth wine." They were buried within ancient donkey droppings, which researchers think ended up there are they were fed pomace which is the left-over of the wine making process.

Drori boasted that the wine have very good color, very good balance of acid and sugar, body, and structure. He says, the wine is already great even without its story.

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