Hidden Menu

Blog

Romans often drank wine by passing around a “gutturnium”

gutturnium

Ancient Romans often drank wine at the end of the meal by passing around a “gutturnium” (a 2 liter silver jug). Emilia-Romagna’s Gutturnio DOC takes its name from a jug found along the Po River in 1878.

Gutturnio DOC

The Gutturnio DOC is a Barbera/Bonarda (Croatina) blend. The zone of production was previously a part of the Colli Piacentini DOC, but it was awarded its own DOC in 2010. The name references an ancient Roman jug (gutturnium) found in nearby Piacenza in 1878 and symbolizes the long-standing prestige enjoyed by the wines of the area.

Picture Credit: Cantine Bacchini

Learn more about the Romans and the history of wine in Italy with the Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program

Maurizio Broggi

BY Maurizio Broggi

Native Italian, DWS and Certified Sommelier. Wine Scholar Guild's Education Director for Italy. Creator of the Italian Wine Scholar study & certification program

Other Blog Entries:

  • PODCAST: Pascaline Lepeltier MS's Loire with Andrew Jefford... really good schist!
    Written on Friday, 21 July 2017 10:01

  • 16 of Pascaline's Top Producer Picks in the Loire Valley
    Written on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:44
  • Wine and Food of the Loire Valley
    Written on Monday, 10 July 2017 08:06
  • Bourgogne Wine Tour Up Close and Personal
    Written on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:41

  • The Ten Best Italian White Wines: A Beginner’s Guide
    Written on Monday, 26 June 2017 12:19
  • Ten Essential French White Wines
    Written on Friday, 16 June 2017 11:08
  • A Tour of Central Italian Cuisine, By Region
    Written on Thursday, 04 May 2017 15:04
  • What makes each of the 10 crus Beaujolais special - With Map
    Written on Monday, 20 March 2017 10:12
  • The Legend of Chianti's Black Rooster (Gallo Nero)
    Written on Friday, 24 February 2017 11:45
  • Jura's food and drink specialities
    Written on Monday, 23 January 2017 15:17

Subscribe Today

Subscribe to receive weekly original stories about the wines of France, Italy and Spain


Sign up to receive our latest updates *