Would You Drink The Oldest Wine In The World?


Wine lovers, calm your horses. Even if you want to try the oldest wine in the world, you simply can’t. The bottle is safely kept on display in a German museum. And rightly so, because it dates back to 325 AD!

A Prehistoric Wine?

Would You Drink The Oldest Wine Of The World?
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The Speyer Wine Bottle is the oldest unopened wine bottle ever found in the entire world! It’s so old that the discovery of wine in 1867 is actually considered recent. The wine itself was made 15 centuries prior to that! Yes, according to the estimates, the wine dates back to between 325 and 350 AD. It was found in Speyer, Germany. Hence, the name Speyer Wine Bottle.

Where Is It Now?

Would You Drink The Oldest Wine Of The World?
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The bottle sits in the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany. The glass bottle looks undeniably unique with tiny dolphin-shaped handles. The bottle, which has a capacity of 1.5ltr was discovered during the excavation of a Roman tomb. This tomb belonged to a nobleman, dating back to the 4th century AD. The wine is presumed the nobleman’s companion on his journeys.

Can I Drink It?

Would You Drink The Oldest Wine Of The World?

First of all, it’s ancient, so it’s preserved. Secondly, it is believed the wine has already lost its ethanol content. The container is still unopened because it is unknown how the liquid will react with air. Reports suggest that it contains herbs and is sealed using olive oil and hot wax. There have been no noticeable changes in the content of wine for years, so drinking it might not be the best idea.

Hm, seems like getting a sip of the oldest wine might be quite the task. Not only will it require a possible breaking into a museum, the chances of getting out after you drink it could be pretty low! 

But guess what? You can still have a look at this rare bottle. Feel free to visit the museum. Being able to even only see the oldest unopened wine container is still pretty cool!

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