Wine drinkers usually know what type of wine they enjoy, wether it is an 2000 Merlot or a 1980s Pinot Noir. The alcohol drink has a long and rich history in our human existence which predates even written records.
One theory postulates that the fermentation of alcohol took off sometime between 10,000 to 8,000 BC. In those days, most people were staying in one place. This led to them raising crops which eventually lead to the amazing production of wine.
There are no bottles of wine left from the very early era. However, there is one very special bottle known as Römerwein, or the Speyer wine bottle, which is at least 1,650 years old and dates back to the 4th century.
The 1.5-liter glass vessel filled with wine was discovered during the excavation of a Roman nobleman’s tomb in modern-day Germany. Experts do not know what type of wine it is or how it even smells like, as they have yet to open it. There is an uncertainty to how the wine would react when exposed to air.
At this point, any alcohol that was in the bottle is probably long gone. This incredible piece of history is now on display at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany.