One of the most recognisable names and also one of the oldest wine families in Alsace is Hugel. Under the winery, improbably positioned in the heart of Riquewihr (just how ‘do’ they get the grapes into the winery?) is this imposing beast of a barrel.
Certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest vat in constant use, it is still utilised to this day.
This is to certify that
Hugel et Fils, founded 1619
world’s oldest vat in constant use
from 1715 – date
spanning 12 generations of the familybr>
One of the signatories is Norris McWhirter.
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