Scientists want to study samples of the world’s oldest wine, currently being displayed at a museum in the town of Speyer, Germany. The only hitch is: everybody’s afraid to open the bottle!
The glass bottle, estimated to be at least 1,650 years old, has been handled with extreme care since it was found and has been displayed on the exact same spot for the last 100 years.
Museum directors biggest fear is that the bottle could shatter and its priceless content be destroyed as a result of just a moment’s carelessness! Although scientists are eager to test it to find out exactly how old it is and where it comes from, not to mention what it tastes like, cracking it open is out of the question.
Ludger Tekampe, the head of the department responsible for storing the wine, says: “It’s not clear what would happen if air gets into the wine”. Further, there is a danger that, after all this time, the wine could have become poisonous. Scientists however doubt that this would be the case and state that the wine would probably just not carry a very pleasant taste.
Tekampe stated that the wine’s content is remarkable stable considering what it’s been through. However he is still the only person who handles the bottle; everyone else is just too afraid. “I held the bottle in my hand twice during renovations. It was a strange feeling”, he said.
What do YOU think should be done about the bottle? Should they open it or leave it un-touched?