The world’s biggest bottle of wine has been made by a group of Chinese winemakers and is 15ft high containing 1,850 litres of wine. It has been produced by Wang Chen Wines in Liaoning province, Northern China. At the time of writing details in the press are sketchy but looking at the enormous bottle in the picture it seems to be Ice Wine. Liaoning is home to the largest ice wine estate in the world (see my Blog Chinese Ice Wine) and in 2007, the vineyard’s annual output of grapes exceeded 4,000 tons, which has made it the largest single producer of ice wine grapes in China, and possibly even the world.
The bottle is over three times the amount held by the previous record-holders, Austrian winemakers Kracher, whose bottle held 490 litres of Grande Cuvee TBA NV No.7 2005. A company spokesman for Wang Chen Wines said:
“We are very proud, and the wine is very good. We have all had a glass from the bottle to celebrate.”
Ice Wine is a sweet dessert wine made from frozen grapes that was originally developed in Germany in the 1700’s. Grapes are left on the vine well into the winter months and then pressed in their cold state. The water in the juice remains frozen as ice crystals, and only a few drops of sweet, concentrated juice is obtained, making the wine much more expensive than traditional red and white wines.
Although the Chinese passion is for red wine the sweet desert wines of Bordeaux, Sauternes and Barsac, are attracting interest. Chateau Climens regularly hold wine dinners that consist entirely of Chinese food and actively promote their luscious wines in China. The Liaoning Gateway (promotional and educational website of the Liaoning Province Government) reported on a recent tasting in which Climens was the most popular wine. Paired with a fried rice with crab meat and roe dish, the sweetness and richness of the wine complimented Asian cuisine – a fact that Virginie Achou Lepage, the communications director, says makes it potentially popular in China. You never know, you might see dessert wines being made in China with botrytis cinerea (noble rot) before long. . .
As for the world’s biggest bottle of wine unfortunately there isn’t a wine glass large enough to pour it into. You may think I am losing the plot until I tell you that there actually is a world’s largest wine glass – but it’s one for sparkling wine. Technically it’s a Spumante glass and it was unveiled in the city of Spoleto. It took 11 magnums (or a little more than 6 gallons) of Spumante to fill up the monster glass, which is 6.5 feet tall and 1.4 feet wide. Naturally they used Spumante Asti DOGG.
The world’s smallest bottle of wine was made by Steve Klein of Klein’s Design, Encino, California, USA. He produced a hand-blown miniature wine bottles standing 3.2 cm (1.2 in) tall and with a volume of 0.75ml (0.026 fl oz).
The world’s smallest wine glass is too tiny to hold even a drop of wine. In 2000 the NEC Corporation in Japan created the world’s smallest wine glass using highly advanced manufacturing techniques that can produce 3D objects at the nanometre scale (one nanometre is one-billionth of a meter). Researchers built the glass from carbon with an external diameter of only 2,750 nanometres, approximately 20,000 times smaller than a normal sized glass. They’ll be counting how many angels can dance on the head of a pin next . . .