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Number of wine jars found in the tomb of the 19 year-old Pharaoh Tutankhamon, in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. The wines, meant to accompany the boy king to the afterlife, were primarily from three heralded vintages—1345, 1344 and 1340 BC. In addition to the vintage date, wine jars in Pharaonic times were inscribed with the location of the vineyard where the grapes were grown, the owner of the vineyard, and the name of the chief winemaker–evidence of the early beginnings of appellation contrôlée systems.

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