Top 10 Wine Facts

Worlds oldest bottle of wine is 1600 years old

The world's oldest bottle of wine is over 1600 years old and can be found at Pfalz Historical Musuem in Germany. It was buried nearby in 350 CE with a Roman noble and was found again in 1867. The wine was analysed by the Kaiser’s chemists during the First World War.
 

The 2 most expensive wines ever sold at auction

Whilst splashing out double digits on wine is often a luxury for most of us of the super rich have some very deep pockets. 

 

  1. The Setting Wines, USA, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015- $350,000
    Created by winemaker to the stars Jesse Katz the wine was made for Hollywood’s best-known talent managers Shep Gordon and sold at US chef Emeril Lagasse’s annual charity wine auction

     

  2. Screaming Eagle, USA, Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 - $500,000 - 6L bottle
    Given 99 points by Robert Parker and considered to be one of the greatest cult wineries in Napa Valley, California. The 6L bottle was sold at a charity auction for a staggering half a million dollars reportedly to have been purchased by Chase Bailey, a former Cisco Systems executive.

Most champagne and sparkling wine bottles sabered simultaneously

The most champagne bottles sabered simultaneously is 487 and was achieved by La Sciabolata dei Momò (Switzerland), in Mendrisio, Switzerland, on 5 September 2015. 13 participants were disqualified for either failing to completely sabre the bottle or breaking the bottle. 

The Romans introduced wine production to England

The Romans were fond of their wine, but none of it was likely to have been of award calibre back in the day. Made more for the alcohol which was preferable to drinking the dirty water at the time.

 

Nowadays England has more than 5000 acres under vine with English sparkling picking up awards all over the world.

Italy has a free 24 hour wine fountain!!

Red wine is currently available 24 hours-a-day at the ‘fontana del vino’ and it works like a push-button drinking fountain. Located in the Abruzzo region, the fountain is designed to to quench the thirst of those taking the Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage.

Largest wine cellar

The cellars of the Milestii Mici wine-making plant in Moldova contain over 1.5 million bottles of wine. The bottles are stored in 55 km (34 miles) of underground galleries excavated in lime mining operations. The first bottle was stored in 1968.

Champagne was invented in 1693

To be called Champagne, a sparkling wine must be produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. Champagne wine production was inherently risky in the early days and many a bottle exploded due to weak glass and the pressures of carbon dioxide from secondary fermentation.

Vatican City has the highest per capita wine consumption in the world

The figures show that residents of the Vatican consume 74 litres of wine on average – roughly equivalent to 105 bottles over the course of a year.

All 50 states in America make wine even in Hawaii

From the hot desserts of Texas to the cold climate of Alaska, every state in the USA now makes some variety of wine. Most people would know the most common wine making states such as California, Oregon and Washington but may not know that the Maui Winery in Hawaii makes pineapple wine attracting over 4 million visitors a year!!

Largest bottle of wine ever made...

In 2010 a group of Chinese winemakers set about creating a new world record for the biggest-ever bottle of wine. They came up with a 15ft high wine bottle, which holds a staggering 1,850 litres of wine.

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