Does Fine Wine Taste Different After Being Stored In Space From The Ones Stored On Earth?

A batch of wine was sent to the International Space Station to age for a year. Did the new conditions affect the wine at all?

Tanvi Rumale

March 26, 2021

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A batch of grapevines were sent to the International Space Station where they stayed for an entire year and the cargo returned in January 2021. The batch contained 12 bottles of Bordeaux, 320 snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines. Scientists have been analysing these dozen bottles to see how it has aged in space or if there has been any change at all! Wine tasters were invited to taste the wine that spent an entire year in space. They were also asked to recognise if they could tell the difference between the wine stored in space and the one from Earth.

The vintage sample before it was sent to space was worth 6,000 dollars. Now, it is so rare that it’s impossible to put a price tag on it! The initial study confirmed that the weightlessness that came from being in space did not ruin the wine at all and has seemed to have energised the vines.

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This was done to understand the ageing process of the wine. Scientists wanted to find out if they can influence the ageing process of wines. Scientists are also looking for a way to grow plants in space. This will help them understand if conditions can be influenced while growing plants.

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When wine tasters were made to do a blind tasting and identify the one of space and the wine from Earth, they had a tough time doing it, but they agreed that there were differences. The colour and the taste was a bit different. Conditions like no gravity or oxygen did create some changes in the wine.

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Scientists also discovered that the grapevines sent to space grew faster and they flowered just 3-4 weeks after returning to Earth. This experiment will help in the study of the growth of plants in conditions other than natural ones. The cost of this entire experiment was not revealed, but the results could be extremely useful to scientists everywhere!

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