Wine was drunk watered down, spiced or hot. Falernian wine from Campania in Italy was regarded as the best wine but a large number of wooden barrels were imported into Roman Britain from Germany, some holding as much as 550 litres (120 gallons) of German wine.
These German barrels were made from silver fir, a wood that only came from the Alpine region of Germany. The degree to which wine was shipped to Britain in barrels throughout the Roman period is unknown as barrels rarely survive except when wet. In Roman London, such barrels were often cut down and re-used as linings in wells where the waterlogged conditions have preserved them over the centuries.