Academica Belgica, British School at Rome and Royal Dutch Institute: ‘Vine-growing and winemaking in the Roman world’

Please find below the full program of the three-day ‘Vine-growing and winemaking in the Roman world’ conference and the virtual poster session, to be held in Rome & online, October 27-29, 2021.

For FREE registration, more information & a visual presentation of the program, and to receive the zoom links for the three days, please visit the Eventbrite page.


09.30     Registration & Introduction to the conference

Opening talks

10.00     Wine and oil production in the VAR region, 50 years on (Jean-Pierre Brun & Despina Chatzivasilou)

10.15     Roman wine production: the state of the field (Andrew Wilson)

11.00     Q&A

11.15     Coffee break

Session 1: Italy

11.30     Approaching Roman terroir: the geography of wine in central Adriatic Italy (Dimitri Van Limbergen)

11.50     Archaeological traces of vineyards and winemaking around Rome and in central Italy (Rita Volpe)

12.10     Archaeobotanical studies on Vitis vinifera remains in Northern Italy during the Roman period (Silvia Marvelli et al.)

12.30     Archaeology and grape DNA, a case study in the Albegna valley (Tuscany, Italy) (Andrea Zifferero)

12.50     Q&A

13.20     Lunch (AB)

14.00     Etruriae Luna habet palmam. An ongoing project on Luni and its wine production (Simonetta Menchelli et al.)

14.20     Ancient wine and viticulture in the Valpolicella territory (Patrizia Basso & Diana Dobreva)

14.40     Palmenti, wine and amphorae: a multidisciplinary project in the Gulf of Naples (Gloria Olcese)

15.00     Viticulture, opus doliare and the pratrimonium Caesaris: new research at Vagnari in Apulia (Maureen Carroll)

15.20     Q&A

15.50     Coffee break

16.10     Grapevine cultivars and new wines: from growers’ strategies to conquering the market (Annalisa Marzano)

16.30     Wine production in the Roman West: the role of artificial heating (Maria Stella Busana)

16.50     Vina transmarina in ancient Rome: production, trade and consumption (Paulina Komar)

17.10     From vinea to vinum: experimental archaeology to study Roman viticulture and enology (Mario Indelicato)

17.30     Q&A

18.00     Welcome drinks (AB)


Thursday October 28 (British School in Rome)

09.30     Registration

Session 2: Eastern Mediterranean

10.00     Innovation and change in wine-making technologies: local artisans in the late antique eastern Mediterranean (Tamara Lewit)

10.20     Wine in Roman Egypt (Dotora Dzierzbicka)

10.40     Wine production and packaging in Roman and late antique Phoenicia (Tomasz Waliszewski & Urszula Wicenciak)

11.00     Q&A

11.20     Coffee break

11.40     Rural settlements and wine production in antiquity in Rough Cilicia (Ümit Aydinoglu)

12.00     Land use and surplus production in Roman Rough Cilicia (Nicholas Rauh)

12.20     Wine production and organic residue analysis (Alessandra Pecci)

12.40     Understanding ancient winemaking processes and wine styles (Mkrtich Harutyunyan & Manuel Malfeito-Ferreira)

13.00     Q&A

13.30     Lunch (BSR)

Session 3: Greece, Crete, Cyprus & Malta

15.00     Wine production on the Hellenistic to Late Antique Cyclades: knowledge networks and press technology (Emlyn Dodd)

15.20     Viticulture and economic development on Early Roman Crete, 1st-3rd century AD (Scott Gallimore)

15.40     Viticulture and winemaking on the Maltese islands (Maxine Anastasi & Nicholas Vella)

16.00     Wine production during the Roman period on Cyprus (Sophocles Hadjisavvas)

16.20     Q&A

17.00     Refreshments (BSR)

Evening keynote lecture (BSR)

18.00     From East to West and Back Again: The rise, consolidation and expansion of the Roman wine industry (Patrick E. McGovern)

19.00     Reception (BSR)


Friday October 29 (KNIR – Rome)

09.30     Registration

Session 4: Croatia

10.00     Archaeological indicators of viticulture from the Roman colonies of Pola and Parenthium (Robert Matijasic & Davor Bulic)

10.20     Wine production evidence on Novo Selo Bunje site (island of Brac, Croatia) (Audrey Bertrand et al.)

10.40     Roman wine production in Histria and Dalmatia (1st c. BC till 6th c. AD) (Jana Kopackova)

11.00     Q&A

11.20     Coffee break

Session 5: Spain and Portugal

11.40     The wines of Hispania. Winemaking techniques in the Western part of the Empire (Yolanda Pena Cervantes)

12.00     Research perspectives on viticulture in Roman Baetica based on innovative techniques (Pedro Trapero Fernandez & Lazaro Lagostena Barrios)

12.20     Quantifying the Laetanian Roman wine supply chain & production function (Hispania Citerior Tarraconensis) (Antoni Martin I Oliveras & V.R. Calvo)

12.40     “Boa é a vida, mas melhor é o vinho” – On the wine production in Roman Lusitania (Felix Teichner)

13.00     Q&A

13.30     Lunch

Session 6: France, Germany and the UK

14.30     La viticulture antique en Gaule: vestiges archéologiques directs et indirects (Philippe Boissinot)

14.50     Colonialism and the early spread of viticulture in the Tres Galliae (Matthieu Poux)

15.10     Ancient Roman wine beyond the limes (Iwona Feier et al.)

15.30     Roman viticulture in Britain: the current picture and new developments (Tony Brown)

15.50     “Consumers, traders, storers and producers”. A review about the presence of Roman viticulture in Britannia” (Antoni M. I Oliveras & Robert Witcher)

16.10     Q&A

16.40     Coffee break

Closing roundtable

17.00     The future of Roman wine archaeology (moderated by Dimitri Van Limbergen, Emlyn Dodd & Maria Stella Busana)

20.00     Conference dinner




New Amphorae Stamps from Terracina – Agro Pontino (Andrea Di Rosa) Charting Evidence for Roman-Period Wine Production in the Pontine Region (Gijs Tol et al.) Paleoworking Sardegna Photo Contest (Cinzia Loi) The Ancient Rock-Cut Presses of S’abba Druche-Bosa (Cinzia Loi) New Evidence of Vine-growing in the Territory of Pompeii (Florian Seiler) Food Safety and Viticulture in Roman Italy (David Hollander) Grape Exploitation in the Roman villa at Villamagna (Picenum): Implications from Biometrical and Morphological Approaches (Riccardo Carmenati et al.) Roman Villa of Villamagna (Urbisaglia, MC, Italy): Summary of the 2018-2021 Fieldwork (Riccardo Carmenati et al.) A New Form of Cylindrical Tank for Wine Production at Podere Marzuolo (Rhodora G. Vennarucci et al.) Wine Amphorae Stoppers from the Ancient Ships of Pisa San Rossore (Andrea Camilli et al.) Archaeology of Wine in Calabria (Domenico Michele Surace)

Spain & Portugal

Viticulture and Roman Wine in Hispaniae: Tarraconensis, Baetica & Lusitania provinces. A comparative view (Antoni Martin I Oilveras et al.) High Imperial Wine Production in the Portuguese Alto Douro: New Data on the Alto Da Fonte do Milho Winery (Javier Larrazabal & Yolanda Peña Cervantes) The Roman Winery of “El Peral” (Valdapeñas, Ciudad Real): Results of the First Phase (Tomás Torres González et al.) The Torcularium of Bilbilis Augusta (Hispania) (Ignacio-Javier Gil-Crespo et al.) Torcularium or Cella Vinaria? On the function of the rooms in the northern corridor of the House of the Red Columns of Sisapo (M.R. Pina Buron et al.) El Lagar Rupestre Romano del Castro de Sta, Lucia (Fréas-Astariz, Castrelo de Miño, Ourense): Datación e Interpretación (Fermin E. Pérez Losada) Wine Production at the Roman villa of Pont del Treball Digne. Structures and residue analysis in Barcino’s Ager (Barcelona, Spain) (Daniel Alcubierre et al.) The Queiles Valley: an Example of Long-Term Wine Production (Marta Gómara Miramon)

Adriatic Sea

The Wine Production of Roman Epirus: Using Collecting Vats as a Proxy for Understanding the nature and scale of production (Nefeli Pirée Iliou) Archaeology and Geography: Wine presses and Agricultural Suitability in the Roman Adriatic Region (Andrew McLean) Northern Liburnia as a Wine Producing Region? Indirect Evidence for Wine Production in the NE Adriatic (Ana Konestra & Goranka Lipovac Vrkljan) Wine Drinking in the Beer Region: the Case of the Roadside Station of Zuta Lokva (Ivana Ozanic Roguljic)

Eastern Mediterranean

Late Roman Amphoraes from Tayfur Sökmen Campus Excavation (Hikmet Kilincoglu) Industrial production of Gazan and Ashqelonian wines at Yavne, Southern Israel (Jon Seligman et al.) The Debate on Negev Viticulture and Gaza Wine in Late Antiquity (Daniel Fuks et al.)


Continuation and Change in Maritime Transport Containerization of Wine in the Roman World during the Middle to Late Byzantine Period (Savannah Bishop) The Contribution of New Modelling Tools to the Study of Vineyards and Viticulture in the Roman Empire (Nicolas Bernigaud et al.) L’Usage de Pressoirs à Levier tout en Bois dans les Installations Vinicoles Antiques (Christophe Bost)