This is one gigantic barrel It holds about 144,000 liters and is five meters in diameter, took two years to build and was completed in 1594. Constructed in the German town of Gröningen, this behemoth was filled with wine to celebrate Danish King Christian IV’s royal visit. You would think these guys really knew how to party!
Wrong. It took these guys 12 years to drain the barrel. Man, talk about a hangover. After that debacle the barrel sat empty for hundreds of years. It was saved from ruin in 1781 when one Lord Ludwig von Spiegel discovered the barrel and moved it to his hunting lodge, where it has sat, empty, for more than 200 years.
*News Flash* July 30, 2010 – Some crazy restaurateur got the wacky idea to use the barrel once again! This past summer, 4,000 liters of Dornfelder were served to some lucky guests during a special celebration. It’s a good thing he stopped at 4,000 liters. Lord knows how long it might take to burn through 144,000 liters of Dornfelder!