I: Grape

The oldest grape vine in the world still makes wine.

I: Grape
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If you want the heart health benefits of grapes, skip the glasses of wine and enjoy red grapes, seeds and all. While those seeds are bitter, they are the home to a combination of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) and resveratrol that's proven to improve blood circulation.

A grape vine, carefully tended, can live more than a century. Wine growers typically don't allow this, as the number of grapes the vine will produce decreases after a few decades, but there are some specialists who tout the flavors of "old vine" wines and keep a vine going as long as possible in order to claim the label. The label isn't clearly defined, so when you buy a bottle of "old vine" you could be getting something grown from a vine 20, 40, or 100 years old depending on what seems "old" to that region.

Or, if you're special on that "world leader" level, you could get a small bottle gifted to you from the stara trta, a vine that has been growing against the same wall in Mirabor, Slovenia, for more than 400 years.