Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. Genesis 9:20
ויחל נח איש האדמה ויטע כרם׃
After the great flood, it is traditionally held that Noah’s ark rested atop Mt. Ararat (located in what is now Turkey). Noah and family exited the ark, and went about getting things back to normal living. The Scriptures tell us that Noah planted a vineyard and made wine, and he even got drunk on his wine, but that’s a different story.
Here is the cool thing: In a recent article in Biblical Archaeology Review, I read that scientists and archaeologists have discovered the earliest winery to date. It is located only 60 miles from Mt. Ararat, and it contains grape seeds, grape vines, pressed grapes, a fermentation vat, a wine press, and broken pots with wine residue, among other wine-making items. The scientists date this winery to about 4100 BC.
So what’s the point? Many people want to argue that the Scriptures are just myth filled with made up stories about legendary figures, but this just doesn’t seem to be the case at all. Science and archaeology time and again seem to be confirming the Bible stories with new discoveries of historical sites mentioned in the Scriptures, like the one above.
Did Noah really exist or was he just a legendary figure? Well, it looks like science is confirming the possibility that Noah really did exist and that he had a vineyard! Was this Noah’s winery? The timeframe and location fit. It very well could be….just something to think about….
Hans Barnard et al., “Chemical Evidence for Wine Production Around 4000 B.C.E. in the Late Chalcolithic Near Eastern Highlands,” Journal of Archaeological Science (2010).
D.D. R., “Was This Noah’s Winery?” Biblical Archaeology Review (Sept. /Oct. 2011).