The Oldest Bottle of Wine in the World

We have a hard time imagining a bottle of wine that we could never open but that’s okay because the Romans clearly have stronger willpower than we do.

There is an ancient bottle held within a Roman tomb near Speyer, Germany that is said to hold wine, which makes it the world’s oldest unopened bottle of wine. The bottle itself is yellow-green in color and has dolphin-shaped handles, and although it was found during an excavation of a nobleman’s tomb in 1867, it actually dates back to the 4th century– sometime between 325 and 359 AD.


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While the liquid inside has most likely lost its ethanol content, it still contains a decent amount of actual wine, mixed with a good variety of herbs. Because of the age and state of the bottle, scientists aren’t exactly sure what would happen if the liquid inside were to meet oxygen, so the bottle has stayed sealed since its discovery with a thick stopper of olive oil and wax.

 

Because of the age and historical value of this bottle, there isn’t really a price that can be put on it in terms of currency. The Romerwein, or Speyer bottle as it’s generally called, it sits comfortably in the Wine Museum section of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany.



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