Ian Hutcheon with his Meteorito

Astronomer creates 4.5 billion-year vintage red wine

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Astronomer Ian Hutcheon has produced a red wine that boasts a 4.5 billion-year vintage.

The one-of-a-kind Cabernet Sauvignon, created in Chile, has been aged with a meteorite that was formed during the birth of the solar system and is aptly named Meteorito.

Hutcheon, who moved to Chile from Norwich in England, insists the rock, which is about 8cm (3in) wide, gives his Meteorito wine a “livelier taste”.

“It came from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter,” Hutcheon, 40, said.

“I have been involved in wines and astronomy for many, many years and I wanted to find some way of combining the two.

“When you drink this wine, you are drinking elements from the birth of the solar system.”

The meteorite used to create the unique wine crashed into the Atacama Desert in northern Chile about 6,000 years ago.

Hutcheon said his wine’s ageing process means he can “give everybody the opportunity to touch something from space”.

So far, Hutcheon has made more than 10,000 litres (2,200 gallons) of Meteorito at his vineyard located about 100km south-west of Chile’s capital Santiago.

The wine is currently sold exclusively at the Centro Astronomico Tagua Tagua, but Hutcheon said he would like to export it to other countries also.

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