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Oldest wine ever discovered in liquid form was found in an urn with Roman remains, reports The Guardian.

The oldest wine ever to have been discovered in its original liquid form is reddish-brown and, quite conceivably, full-bodied.

Reddish-brown because of the chemical reactions that have taken place in the 2,000 years since the white wine was poured into a funeral urn in southern Spain—and potentially full-bodied because the urn also contained, among other things, the cremated bones of a Roman man.

Analysis by experts at the University of Cordoba has established that the ancient tawny liquid inside the urn—which was found in a rare, untouched Roman tomb that was accidentally discovered in the Andalucian town of Carmona five years ago—is a local, sherry-like wine.

Prior to the discovery, which is reported in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, the oldest wine preserved in a liquid state was the Speyer wine bottle, which was excavated from a Roman tomb near the German city of Speyer in 1867 and dated to about AD 325.

The Spanish urn was recovered in 2019 after a family having some work done on their house in Carmona stumbled across a sunken tomb on their property.

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