Unearthed in a vineyard near the town of Speyer, Germany, the oldest wine bottle was found inside a Roman tomb. The bottle was found in 1867 and dates back to approximately 325 A.D. and is believed to be the only one with the contents still preserved!
Upon closer inspection, the green-yellow glass amphora has handles shaped like dolphins. The ancient liquid content inside has a silty sediment. About two thirds of the contents are thicker. It is estimated that this is an olive oil which the Romans commonly used to float on top of wine to preserve it from oxidation. Although they did have cork closure at that time it seems that their oil method of preservation has worked quite effectively- keeping the wine from evaporating to this very day!
The bottle is permanently on display, along with other wine antiquities at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz in Germany.