Wine is one of the oldest and most popular drinks in the world. Most are aged in special barrels, with controlled temperatures in special cellars to preserve the aromas, the flavor, and in general the quality of the drink.
In 2019, the European company Space Cargo Unlimited sent 12 bottles of the French wine Petrus vintage 2000 to the International Space Station along with more than 200 stems of different varieties. All with the intention of studying the future of space agriculture and foods in the future.
The wines were aged on the International Space Station for 14 months in controlled space and after that time they were brought back to Earth.
The Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of the University of Bordeaux in France evaluated one of the wine bottles and reported some variations in the taste, smell, and texture of the drink with regard to the bottles that were not sent to space, but they assured that it is still of high quality.
This wine will now be auctioned by Sotheby’s and it is estimated that the purchase price will be at around one million dollars and in case of reaching that figure this wine would become the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold, dethroning the current record held by a Romanée-Conti de Burgoña vintage 1945, sold for $558,000 at Sotheby’s in New York in 2018.
The bottle will be delivered inside a special safe designed and handmade in France by Les Ateliers Victor that took more than a month to make. Inside the safe, the buyer will find a model of the solar system inspired by the French writer Jules Verne and the combination to open it is linked to the Star Trek universe.
“After spending 440 days in space, or the equivalent of 300 trips to the moon, the legendary wine Petrus de Bordeaux returns after being literally transformed into something out of this world,” said Nicolas Gaume, co-founder and president of Space Cargo Unlimited.
Those involved reported that the proceeds from the sale of this bottle will be used for more research on space agriculture and we hope that soon we will all be able to taste the first space wine in history.