World’s Oldest Unopened Bottle of Wine Remains Sealed Since the 4th Century

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As far back as we can remember, wine has been a part of human culture for millennia—even before the written word existed. According to one idea, alcohol production started 10,000 and 8,000 years ago when nomadic peoples settled down. Growing grapes and other vines for wine were made possible by people staying put and cultivating their land.

While there are no bottles from that era surviving, there is one that dates back far longer than anyone of us have indeed been alive. What is the age of the oldest wine bottle? The wine bottle, also called Römerwein, has a minimum age of 1,650.

This was common during the fourth century, between 325 and 359 AD. During the exploration of a Roman nobleman’s tomb in advanced Germany, the 1.5-liter glass cup was found.

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It is impossible to say what a wine this old smells or tastes like. As a precautionary measure, the liquid has been tightly closed with a wax and olive oil stopper. At this stage, it is unlikely that any alcohol will remain in the container.

Because everyone else is “simply too terrified,” just one guy will be able to handle the bottle in the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany.

The oldest bottle of wine in the world may be older than you believe. It has been around for at least 1,650 years!

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Photo: Immanuel Giel

Experts are not sure what will happen to the bottle if it is opened; therefore, it has been carefully capped.

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Photo: Historical Museum of the Palatinate

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