The world’s oldest wine

The world’s oldest wine

Oct 6, 2018

 Older a wine, finer it gets is a common adage among the vino lovers. With age, a glass of wine is supposed to taste better when it is distilled and bottled properly. Winemaking is an old world tradition which has succeeded in blending modern technology with tested formulas to bring some of the most delicious reds and whites to us.

 So, which is the oldest wine in the world?

The absolute oldest wine is the world is considered to be Speyer wine bottle unearthed in a Roman tomb. Although it is probably undrinkable right now, it is considered to be the oldest bottle of wine known to us.

Travelling further ahead in time, we have a few other vintage wines which are considered to be old and extremely difficult to find. Needless to say, they are all quite expensive.

The Chateau Lafite Rothschild dated 1787 is one of the most expensive bottles of wines ever sold at Christie’s of London. The bottle fetched $156,450 in 1985 since it had the etching “Th. J” widely believed to be Thomas Jefferson. Although it did not have a proper label, the Auction house’s wine experts backed the claim.

 A bottle of Tokaji from the Royal Saxon Cellars was sold in 1927 for an undisclosed value. A total of 62 bottled verified by the Foundation of the House of Wettin were sold in the auction. The wine was dated 1650-1690 and is considered to be a ‘priceless’ collection.

Another example is the Strasbourg Wine Barrel in France. The barrel was dated 1472 and is considered to be the oldest surviving barrel in the world and the wine inside was still drinkable. There is no price you can put on such a piece of history. Recently, the wine in the barrel was transferred to a new one since the original began to leak after serving faithfully for over 700 years.

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