Massive ancient winery unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists have discovered remains of a winery in Israel. The 1,500-year-old winemaking facility is thought to have served robust demand for the beverage across the greater Mediterranean region.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday that its excavation team found the site in the city of Yavne, south of Tel Aviv.

The roughly one-square-kilometer site includes separate spaces for pressing and warehouses for aging the wine.

Clay jars in various sizes, thought to be wine containers, were also found.

Antiquities Authority officials say they believe the winery was able to produce about 2 million liters a year as one of the world's largest in the Byzantine era.

An archaeologist in the excavation team expressed surprise about the large scale and range of facilities to produce wine at the site.

The team said the discovery adds important evidence about large-scale commercial production and distribution of wine in the Byzantine era around the Mediterranean region, including Rome and Jerusalem.