Vintage Of The Future? Wine Is Now Being Aged By Astronauts In Space

by Stephanie Maida · November 5, 2019

    The alternative headline I was contemplating here was: WIIIINEEEE IN SPAAAACE. But, for SEO purposes, I decided it would be best to calm down.

    This week, 12 bottles of wine took a small trip to space, which might prove a giant leap for mankind. Well, for vinophiles, at least.

    Space Cargo Unlimited, a European startup that's interested in unlocking the secrets of space in terms of how it may affect manufacturing (gotta love capitalism), just sent a dozen bottles of Bordeaux to the International Space Station - but no, it's not a treat for the astronauts.

    Rather, they're set to be kept for a year in a futuristic wine cellar of sorts, in order to research the effects of microgravity and space radiation on the aging process. Down on earth, bottles of the same batch will age, well, earth-style, for the same amount of time. A few lucky researchers will then embark on the ultimate taste test, comparing the space-aged vino to the regular one. They suspect there will be differences, but the big question, of course, is will the wine of the future get us extraterrestrially tipsy? Seriously, who needs flying cars when we might get SPACE WINE?!