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The Steinwein – The World’s Oldest Drinkable Wine
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It was during the time of Shakespeare and Matin Luther. An especially hot summer of 1540, in the German region of fine wines called Stein, in Wurzburg where viticulture has been practiced since the year 779. It was there where the rarest of vintages of the so called “Steinwein” was bottled and should remain sealed for the next 421 years. In 1961, the wine connoisseur Hugh Johnson was lucky enough to taste this rarest of wines during a small, private fine wine tasting in London. In his words, “the Würzburger Steinwein was still alive. Up until now, it has never been so clear to me that wine is truly a living organism”. But just after two sips the delicate liquid lost its essence and quickly turned into vinegar due to the sudden direct contact with oxygen and it was never to be tasted again.
那时还是莎士比亚和马丁?路德金的时期,1540年的夏天尤其炎热。从公元779年开始,就有悠久葡萄酒种植历史的德国维尔兹堡,一个被称为施泰因的地区,发现了被密封保存了整整421年,极其珍贵的稀有的“Steinwein”——施泰因葡萄酒。
1961年,著名的葡萄酒品鉴大师Hugh Johnson 在伦敦的一个私人小型珍稀葡萄酒品鉴会上有幸喝到了它。感叹道:“这瓶维尔兹堡的施泰因葡萄酒竟然还是那么鲜活,到今天为止,我从没有这么清晰的感受到过一瓶葡萄酒那样的有生命力,如同拥有魂魄一般。”但是刚喝了两小口,很快酒体就与空气接触氧化成了醋,无法再喝了。

One bottle of the ominous Steinwein still remains locked up and sealed behind bullet proofed glass in the cellars of the Bürgerspital in Wurzburg, Germany. Today the vineyard is the fourth largest in Germany and still prides itself in being a one of the top producers of fine wines. Around 1 million bottles are filled every year of which 80% are sold in the infamous Bocksbeutel. The round bodied bottle typical for franconian wines. In fact, it was the first winery to every use this type of bottle and the city of Wurzburg declared it as a trademark in 1726.
至今仍有一瓶幸存的施泰因葡萄酒存储在德国维尔兹堡一个地下酒窖中,酒体被装在密封的防弹玻璃中。今天为止,这个酒庄还是德国四大酒庄之一,自豪的不断酿造出世界级的优质葡萄酒。酒庄年产大约1百万瓶葡萄酒,其中大肚瓶占到80%,这是一种法兰肯产区传统的半球型,扁平的特殊葡萄酒瓶。事实上酒庄一开始使用的就是这种瓶型,而维尔兹堡也在1726年申请了这种传统瓶型的专利商标。

As for the ancient Steinwein: It has found a spot in the Guinness book of world records as the oldest vintage to date and, every once in a while, the cellars of the winery are actually opened to the public where you may exhibit this centuries old artifact of German viticulture. But, of course, you may only look and not touch!
直接吉尼斯世界纪录中最古老的日期和年份的葡萄酒仍然非施泰因葡萄酒莫属,每隔一段时间,酒庄的酒窖会向公众开放,展示这瓶德国酿造的跨世纪的,古老而神奇的葡萄酒。但是,当然只可远观,不可亵玩。

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