World's First Wine - "Speyer Wine Bottle"
They say that the older the wine, the better it's taste would be. So, just imagine how the oldest wine would taste. It must be ecstatic. For the record the first wine bottle was found almost 1700 years ago, a very very long time indeed.
As I started these writing these articles, I realized that most of the first innovations are somehow leading back to Germany in form or another.
It's the same with the first wine bottle. The oldest known bottle of wine was unearthed from a tomb of Roman legionary near Speyer, Germany in the year 1867.
This bottle is called Römerwein in German and it is a sealed vessel presumed to contain liquid wine.
The bottle was carbon dated and concluded that it belongs to the period between 325 AD and 350 AD. It is the oldest known unopened wine bottle in the world.
How does the first wine bottle look like?
It has a capacity of about 1.5 litre and is made of glass having an amphora-like "shoulders," colored with yellow-green , and the handles are shaped as dolphins.
Since discovery of this bottle, it has been showcased at the Wine Museum section of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, consistently exhibited in the same location within the museum.
Did you know?
Although the oldest wine in the world
was 1700 years old, a team
of Armenian and Irish archaeologists in 2007 have discovered a winery that is almost 6100 years old.
They named it as Areni-1 winery as it is found in the Areni-1 cave complex near the Areni village of Vayots Dzor province in Armenia.