Reproduction Wine Bottle
Thomas Jefferson has been described as America’s “first distinguished viticulturist” because of his attempts to grow grapes at Monticello and his keen support for the establishment of an American wine industry. Jefferson believed that “we could, in the United States, make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.” Though this vision never came to fruition during his lifetime, Jefferson’s reputation as a wine expert is undeniable, from his attempts to import high quality wines from Europe; his role as “wine advisor” to Presidents Washington, Madison, and Monroe; and his wine cellar at Monticello.
Jefferson’s cellar contained bottles from France, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Germany, and Italy, and he served wine after dinner daily in the belief that it was good for the health. The cellar also featured bottle-holding dumbwaiters that went through the ceiling and into the mantel piece in the Dining Room above, which allowed wine bottles to be discarded and replenished with minimal intrusion.
Jefferson’s wine cellar has recently undergone extensive archaeological study. As expected, many shards of green wine bottle glass were discovered. Our reproduction glass bottles have been manufactured to accurately reflect the type of glass bottle that was in use during Jefferson’s retirement.