Throughout the years, humans have actually found quite a few preserved food items. Now, historians have discovered one of the oldest yet. How about a 1695-year-old bottle of wine to sip on? We're pretty sure you wouldn't want to take a sip, however! Read on to find out why, because its not the reason you think…
The 1695-Year-Old Bottle of Wine
Now sitting in German museum, historians recently discovered the oldest unopened wine bottle ever, coming in at 1695-years-old. Made in the year 325 by the Romans, this bottle is an incredible insight into history. The wine is a Romerwein au Speyer, a red wine.
However, do not be mistaken. While some wines only grow better with age, this is not the case with this wine. This wine might be fascinating to look at and study, one would certainly not want to drink it. But, its likely not for the reason you're thinking. In fact, scientists think that the wine would actually be fine to drink. Now would it taste good? That's another matter entirely. If you like your wine solid, then this is the bottle for you. Scientists cannot confirm without opening the bottle, which the museum will not allow them to do, but they believe that its likely turned into a sludge-like substance. Sounds tasty...not.
Since the museum will not allow anyone to open the bottle, all anyone can do is wonder what getting drunk off a 1695-year-old bottle of wine would feel like. We can gleam a few clues from other ancient food, though...
Other Old Bottles of Wine
If you're looking for old wine, and have plenty of money, there's a few bottles your can pick up to travel back in time via a glass. Currently, a bottle of 1947 French Cheval Blanc sits as one of the oldest bottles a mere mortal can purchase, coming in at $300,000. Those who have tried it call it “perfect” and say it features “caramelised notes with pepper and spices.” Now just imagine how much a 325 Romerwein au Speyer could cost! While you cannot try the oldest wine, when quarantine ends, anyone interested can travel to Germany and visit the Museum of the Palatinate. The bottle stands proudly in one of the rooms. It deserves that place for going through centuries and receiving no damage at all.
Sources: Medium, The Takeout