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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.

Hugel World's Oldest Wine Vat in continuous use

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>
February 1990.

Guinness Book of Records Certificate
One of the signatories is Norris McWhirter.

6 Comments »

  1. su says:

    wow that’s awesome. Glad to know about the world oldest wine barrel. Nice information. Nice blog to0.

  2. Dylan says:

    That’s so neat. What an interesting piece of history for them to have in hand, and not to mention, in use. Thanks for the photograph.

  3. Thanks for posting this, is really interesting. The barrel, beside being the oldest ranks also among the most beautiful wine barrels.

  4. Andrew says:

    Several of the older, nmore tradition-led, wineries have similar barrels. Many are at least a hndred years old and come complete with intircate carvings.
    Being so old, of course, means that any wine stored in them does not receive any wood influence at all.

  5. You see, wine leads to a longer life… Liking your pictures so far, by the way.

  6. Rene Rencontre says:

    wow I am a wine maniac :)) in my little house me and my husband have wine-vault with all kinds of wine :)) I want to taste this wine it’s gonna be a perfect one :))

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