The Romans understood the terroir and were very careful where they planted the vines. Before the Romans, the Etruscans lived in what is now called Italy and made wine from wild grapes. It seems that there was an abundance of them in the Mediterranean region.
Roman wine production was strongly influenced by the Etruscans and ancient Greeks.
The process of making wine
After the grapes were harvested, people trampled them, which may not have been hygienic, but it was the best way the Romans knew of pressing wine. After the trampling, the wine was transported to be pressed in a twist or press. The grape juice was filtered to get rid of grape skins and pips.
The next step in the production process was to transfer the liquid into giant jars or amphoras where it could ferment. Sometimes these ships were buried in sand, soil or water. Sometimes these juices were boiled before being stored in these containers.
If the final result was to produce a high-quality vintage wine, the wine would remain in the vats for 10 to 25 years.
However, the wine was usually left between 9 days and a few months. It was Roman Piquette!
Pliny the Elder wrote about the Roman way of producing wine and cultivating the vine in his work,’Historia Naturalis’ translated as Natural History. He wrote that Italian wine was the best in the world, or at least in the known world.
However, the Romans and their compatriots monopolized the wine market, thus preventing other competitors from other countries outside what is now called Italy. Thus, other countries such as France, Spain, and Portugal were not officially authorized to produce wine.
According to Pliny, in the middle of the 2nd century BC, the wine was an important product. However, as the Roman Empire developed, the export value of wine declined as grapes were grown in other parts of the empire, particularly in France and the current Iberian Peninsula.
The Romans drank wine at any time of the day or night, but it was diluted with water because it was stronger than today’s wines.
The Roman wine industry declined with the empire. Wine production continued but lost its popularity until the Renaissance, when there was a renewed interest in classical culture.
Thus, wine in the Roman Empire had its ups and downs, but fortunately, the art of winemaking survived.
The wine lover’s guide to wine bars
In recent years, more and more people have begun to view snack and light drink outings as a more fanciful activity. They don’t hesitate to dress up for a fun evening, and some of the main destinations they have in mind are wine bars.
Wine bars are one of the most popular trends in the restaurant industry, and given the great atmosphere, friendly atmosphere and rustic nature of these social homes, this should not really surprise anyone. However, if you are a wine lover, you may find yourself a little torn on the question of whether this is the right way to really enjoy wine.
After all, there is age-old documentation on some vineyards, and families have always taken the management of their family’s wine lineage very seriously for several generations. The idea that a drink as refined as wine can be consumed in a bar seems outrageous.
But again, who can make the rules for enjoying wine? If you are a wine lover, but always on the fence about all this, maybe you need a little more information about what these cool places bring to the table.
Here is a guide to wine bars for wine lovers:
Relaxed and rustic
Unlike what is usually seen for wine consumption and enjoyment, wine bars are made of sharp edges, stainless steel, and crisp white linen, wine bars are all in a rustic setting. They choose to embody the spirit of the old world vineyard by letting the wine speak for itself rather than the environment.
Not a new idea
Wine bars actually date back to the 1980s. It was a decade of excess and absence of constraints, and there was no better time to experiment in the often elite wine market. The trend continued throughout the 1990s, although popularity declined. The rise of the gastronomic revolution has certainly played a key role in the resurgence of the wine bar in America.
The development of domestic wine is leading the way
Over the past fifty to seventy years, the domestic wine has not only become one thing, but it has also had an impact on the global wine market. As more and more American wines gain their place among the best that the international community has to offer, more Americans want to see what media hype is all about.
Local Flavors Reign Supreme
Wine bars are particularly interesting for small local wine producers looking to establish themselves somewhere in the market. They create partnerships with wine bars, which allows them to reach a wider audience.
Wine bars are very popular right now, but this is not new. What is new is the interest in wine and the class nuance it brings to each environment in which it is found. More and more chefs and restaurateurs are trying to find a competitive edge, and they have discovered that the best way to do so is to make the most luxurious ingredients and offers more accessible.