The world of wine is an inexhaustible source of stories, data, legends and information of all kinds, which makes essential the existence of media like this, where we try every day to do our bit for the task of disseminating and ordering the knowledge that constantly generates this exciting industry.
However, it must always be time to focus, at least occasionally, in details that sometimes might go unnoticed: anecdotes, curiosities or unknown facts about wine. Here we present a few:
- What is the highest price ever paid for a wine?
A whopping $ 195,000 for a Balthazar bottle (12 litres capacity) of Château Margaux 2009, sold in Dubai in 2013.
- How many grapes are needed to make a bottle of wine?
It depends on the type of wine but, generally, for a standard 75 cl wine bottle are needed 1 kg of grapes.
- Which country produces more wine?
In terms of extension, Spain would be the winner, but production is higher in France, since its vines are overall more productive. Italy is the third, followed closely by countries such as Australia, South Africa or the United States.
- What is the world’s largest wine bottle?
Well, in a place so little often associated with wine as China. Precisely, it is 4.5 meters high and contains 1,800 litres. Apparently it is an extravagance of a group of local producers.
- How many bottles of wine can be uncorked in 42 seconds?
Apparently, and according to the Guinness Book of Records, the not inconsiderable amount of 22 bottles! The mark is held by Ana Garcia, Hospitality student from Santo Domingo de la Calzada, using a Lever 300 Screwpull corkscrew.
So, do you know any funny stories about wine? If so, share them with us in the comments.
Villa Sandi Prosecco Spumante Brut “il Fresco” is a sparkling wine with DO Prosecco from the Villa Sandi cellar vinified from prosecco and with an alcohol content of 11º.
Col D’Orcia Rosso Di Montalcino 2012: a red wine from the Rosso Di Montalcino DO produced with sangiovese from the 2012 vintage and 15º of volume of alcohol.
Images: Derek Key