Ladies and Gentlemen, roll up roll up. Today we have a very special treat for all our vino loving followers! Pull up your socks and tighten your seatbelts because today friends, we go on a journey throughout history and celebrate some of the very best (and even slightly strange) Wine World Records!
Go on, pour yourself a glass of your favourite vino, get comfy in your favourite wine sipping spot & have a scroll through the wondrous Wine World Records below. You can thank us in advance for the new trivia facts you’ll have under your belt now too.
Tallest Champagne Glass Tower
Understandably, the key skill requirement for assembling a champagne glass tower is to have very, VERY steady hands. Luuk Broos of the Netherlands and his team may also have the world record for the steadiest hands as well as the tallest champagne tower!
Completed in January 2008 at the Shopping Center Wignegem, Belgium, the staggering tower consisted of 43,680 glasses and was 66 rows tall, with a total height of 7.26 m
Largest Cork Mosaic
Art lovers rejoice! This world record, albeit a slightly strange one, belongs to Albanian artists Saimir Strati who in September 2008 completed a visually stunning "Mediterranean-themed" mosaic made up of 229,675 wine bottle corks.
The artwork took 27 days to complete and stretches a whopping 988sq feet! Next time you’re visiting Albania, swing into the Sheraton Tirana Hotel and Towers to check it out!
The Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru (try saying that 3 times in a row super fast!) was sold in 2018 for astonishing $558,000 USD!
Many of us may ask...but why was it so expensive? While not a lot is known about the private collector who purchased the history-making bottle, according to bloomberg.com what we do know is that The 1945 vintage of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is legendary, a virtually unobtainable “unicorn wine.” The year was hot overall, the wines super-concentrated, and thanks to hail and frost, production was small. Only 600 bottles of Romanée-Conti were made, and, at this point, very few are left. There is really no normal opportunity to get it.
Adding to its value is the fact that after the 1945 harvest, the vines were ripped out and the vineyard replanted (queue sad music) and the next vintage of Romanée-Conti wasn’t until 1952!
Oldest Wine in The World
Found in 1867 in the tomb of Roman soldier, the Speyer Wine Bottle is believed to be the oldest wine in existence. Historians believe this wine was bottled in 325-350 AD, making it approximately 1700 YEARS old!
Featuring a wax seal a wine inside that resides with olive oil and herbs, the bottle is on display in the Pfalz Historical Museum in Speyer, Germany
Largest Wine Cellar
The incredible cellars of the Milestii Mici wine-making plant in Moldova contain over 1.5 million bottles of wine. Let’s just all take a moment to let that sink in... ONE AND A HALF MILLION BOTTLES!!!
The bottles are stored in 55 km of underground galleries that were excavated in lime mining operations. The first bottle was stored in 1968, and new vintages are added each year. Milestii Mici is also the name of the town in which the cellar is situated and certainly one to add to your itinerary next time you swing through Moldova.
Whilst aiming to achieve a cellar of this size might be a tad unrealistic for many of us, it is never too late to start your wine collection journey and join the club of wine enthusiasts (or obsessors) by adding to your very first cellar. A great wine to get you started is our GY Welldo Cabernet Sauvignon which is beautiful to drink now but will also reward careful cellaring for 5-15 years