The art of wine
People have enjoyed drinking wine for thousands of years ever since its ancient origins in Mesopotamia, near present-day Iran. Italian and French wines are among the best and Italy is the largest producer of wine. This makes sense for the Romans made the most contributions to the ancient art of viniculture.
The Greeks, who settled in southern Italy and Sicily, exported the art of wine-growing to Italy. They were so impressed with the mild Italian climate, which was called the Italy, Oenotria, or the land of trained vines.
The Etruscans, who settled in central Italy, also produced wines. The Romans improved the techniques that the Greeks and Etruscans used.
Demand for wine increased greatly with the population explosion in Rome from 300B.C. to the beginning of the Christian era. It has been increased to over one million people, as well as slaves drank wine, much more wine had to be produced.
The Romans loved their wine, drinking it with every meal. However, they were mixed with large quantities of water. They preferred sweet wine and strangely enough their most prized wine was white.