National Geographic : 2017 Feb
46 national geographic • february 2017 Wine was the beverage of choice in ancient Rome, and from there it spread throughout the empire, including France. At Mas des Tourelles, an estate near the southern French town of Arles, vintner Hervé Durand worked with archaeologists to re-create Roman wines from first-century A.D. recipes—and to reenact the ancient process of winemaking. Grapes are picked by locals dressed as Roman slaves (below), snacked on by a Roman soldier (right), and pressed with a massive oak-tree trunk. The juice is then fermented in open clay jars. The Romans flavored it with surprising ingredients: One of Durand’s wines contains fenugreek, iris, and seawater.