How often were Romans drinking wine? What kind of wine was it?
Wine was the most popular drink in the Roman Republic and Empire and was drunk by almost every citizen within the region from ages as young as four or five. It must be remembered that at the time clean drinking water was extremely hard to come by and many people chose to drink diluted wine instead of just water as the wine had the ability to kill a large amount of the bacteria within the water. Wine of the time was much stronger than the wine of today, with most types being around 20-30%. Although it was much stronger, practically everyone within the Republic and Empire diluted this with water, and it was a stereotypical sign of a “barbarian” to drink wine undiluted. The deep culture of wine drinking most likely came from the Ancient Greeks, who settled large areas of Southern Italy in the years preceding the Roman Republic and had a deep effect on Roman culture and cuisine.