Wine has a long and rich history in human existence but it’s safe to say that our love affair with the beverage is has its roots in a far off land and time. According to one theory, the fermentation of alcohol took off between 10,000 and 8,000 BC because of the shift from nomadic to a more settled life. People were staying in one place, so they began raising crops that led to the production of wine.
Even though we don’t have any bottles from that early era, there is one variety that dates much farther that any of us have been alive. Are you wondering, how old is the oldest bottle of wine? Well, known as Römerwein or the Speyer wine bottle, it is at least 1,650 years old. It dates back to the 4th century between 325 and 359 AD. This bottle of glass was discovered during the excavation of a Roman nobleman’s tomb in modern-day Germany.
But, experts still don’t know how this wine smells or tastes. They are uncertain of what would happen if the liquid were exposed to air, so it has remained sealed with a thick stopper of wax and olive oil.
At this point, whatever kind of alcohol was there, is probably gone. This piece of history is displayed at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany. Only one man has handled the bottle because everyone else was “too afraid.”
This is the world’s oldest bottle of wine. It is at least 1,650 years old.
It is called the Römerwein, or Speyer wine bottle and it dates back to the 4th century.
Since experts are unsure of how the bottle would react if opened, it has remained tightly sealed.
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