The D.O. Ribera de Duero (Spain) and the Universidad de Valladolid renewed their agreement to sponsor the Pintia Vaccea project of the Federico Wattenberg Institute of Archaeology.
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This agreement, which began in 2019, will allow the Appellation Regulatory Board to continue to contribute to the dissemination and promotion of the study of wine culture in the region.
With this agreement, the Superintendency reaffirms its commitment to the preservation, study and dissemination of the valuable cultural heritage of the Pintia Archaeological Zone (the site of the oldest relics of wine culture in the Douro Riverine region). In the last decades, Professor Carlos Sanz led the research team that discovered the ancient way of life of the Vaccea society (the Vaccea were the first inhabitants of the Douro), a civilization that introduced wine in the region before the dawn of the Roman era, which was consumed by the elite for recreational and religious reasons, and which was even taken to the grave with them after death. In this way, they discovered wine that is about 2,500 years old, the oldest wine from the banks of the Douro.
Under the new agreement, the Regulatory Council will contribute 6,000 euros to support the research project in the archaeological area of Pintia and will undertake to disseminate the results of the research and publish content on the origins of wine culture in the Douro region.