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The world’s oldest wine: a historical treat

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IT APPEARS LIKE A RELIC FOR A LONG-FORGOTTEN TIME. AND YET IT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF US – THE OLDEST WINE IN THE WORLD. EVEN BEING ABLE TO SEE THE LIQUID TREASURECAN LEAVE A PERSON AWESTRUCK. THE ANCIENT WINE COMES FROM “STEIN”, THE PREMIUM LOCATION IN WÜRZBURG AND IS FROM THE YEAR 1540. THE BEST PART? IT’S ACTUALLY DRINKABLE!

 

It sits safely behind bulletproof glass in a brick setting. The historical specimen is on display at the Bürgerspital Winery in Würzburg. The owners regularly open their doors for visitors. Also, the occasional bottle is opened for refreshment. Of course, the treasure from the 16th century remains sealed.

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The most expensive sip in the world

In fact, the wine was tasted as part of a rare sampling in London in 1961. The wine connoisseur Hugh Johnson had the honors. At that time, a second bottle of this vintage was in circulation. One bottle was opened and he had the privilege of enjoying two sips. Immediately afterward the wine reacted to contact with the air and become undrinkable. In any case, for the wine specialist, this was an incomparable experience. He described the taste as extremely vivid and reminded him that wine is at its heart a living organism.

A record-breaking age?

The last remaining bottle of the oldest Stein wine from the year 1540, a contemporary of Shakespeare, King Charles IV, and Martin Luther, has a long path behind it. That’s why it’s been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. Will there ever be another person to have the opportunity to enjoy this exquisite wine?

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