The Relationship Between Nuclear Explosions and Aged Wines

Did you know that nuclear testing has a result that affects every wine? Here a intersting article how nuclear explosions affect aged wines.

The US Army carried out the first nuclear weapons test as part of the Manhattan project in 1945, and more than 2,000 nuclear explosions have taken place worldwide since then.

Every nuclear explosion  generates a few hundred grams of cesium 137. Cesium 137 has a half-life of 30 years, so it is not found in nature under normal conditions.

The resulting cesium 137 disperses into the atmosphere in powder form, dissolves with rainwater and mixes with the soil. It is absorbed in trace amounts through the roots of the plants.

Although wines, which contains such amount of cesium 137 is safe for drinking, it is detectable in all wines bottled after 1945.

The given conditions actually had an important and positive effect for aged wines

Cesium 137 density of Bordeaux wine by years

It is possible to detect fake wines that are claimed to be aged thanks to cesium 137. The element was not found in wines bottled before 1945.

It is also not necessary to open bottles to determine the amount of cesium 137 contained in the wine. So wines that are truly aged and valuable are not wasted for the sake of testing.