You can tell by these vintage aluminum champagne buckets that it was quite the party last night. Today, these vintage buckets can fetch a high price but oddly enough they used to be given out for free. That’s right, they were free. Beer and wine distributors would deliver champagne to their customers and these buckets were given out as a promotional gift. Each aluminum bucket came with it’s own champagne label reflecting the brand that was being marketed at the time. Not a bad deal.
Vintage Aluminum Champagne Buckets
The fermentation of champagne goes back to almost the beginning of time. At least before medieval times. The Romans were the first to plant vineyards in the northeast region of France which was cultivated by the 5th century. Years later, mostly churches owned the vineyards and monks produced wine for use in the sacrament of the Eucharist. French kings were anointed and champagne was served as part of the coronation festivities. But contrary to popular belief, Dom Perignon did not invent the infamous sparkling wine known as champagne. He did contribute to the production and improved quality but it was the Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire that invented champagne back in 1531. They did this by bottling the wine before the initial fermentation was completed. A century later, sugar was added to create a second fermentation process and the rest is history. Now if they could only invent a cure for the hangover. Happy New Year!