The Getty Villa

Bacchus Uncorked is an occasional series focusing on the grape in the ancient world. Hear insightful talks about wine cultivation and drinking practices from experts in archaeology, classical history, literature, and science, then enjoy wine and appetizers at a special outdoor reception. Plan a visit to the galleries where numerous Greek and Roman vessels for mixing and serving wine are on display.

Next in the Series

Bar Culture, the Roman Way: Archaeological Excavations into the Wine Shops of Pompeii


Date: Saturday, May 6 or
Sunday May 7, 2017
Time: Saturday 5:00–8:00 p.m. or
Sunday 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium and
Café Terrace
Admission: $65; advance ticket required. Includes lecture, outdoor reception with wine and appetizers, and parking. Ages 21 and over.

Roman bar culture thrived in the early first century A.D., the street-fronts and intersections of most cities dotted with taverns both humble and haughty. Local urbanites drank wines from all over, whether cheap, regional blends or more exotic, foreign varietals; even food now came from as far away as India. What caused the rise of the Roman bar, and why now? And what was their impact on urban life? Archaeologist Steven Ellis of the University of Cincinnati discusses recent excavations of an otherwise forgotten neighborhood of Pompeii peppered with bars and wine shops. His behind-the-scenes look at latest discoveries reveals new insights about the retailing of wine and food in this ancient city. Sommelier and wine educator Diego Meraviglia then introduces four wines made from grape varietals from southern Italy's Campania region that can be traced to ancient times. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon sipping these wines, nibbling on appetizers, and making new friends at an outdoor reception.

About Steven Ellis
Steven Ellis is associate professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Roman archaeologist whose research interests cover the social and structural formation of ancient cities. His publications have explored many topics of Roman life including retail spaces, urban waste management, superstition, site formation processes, urban and sacred infrastructure, movement, social structures and their hierarchies, and the fish-salting industry. The recipient of several major grants and fellowships, Steven has directed and published archaeological projects in Italy and Greece, including the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, a project of the University of Cincinnati and the American Academy in Rome. He has conducted additional field research in Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.

About Diego Meraviglia
Diego Meraviglia is vice president and director of education for the North American Sommelier Association, a non-profit organization that teaches sommelier, wine specialist, and wine tasting courses for both professionals and amateurs. In 2008, Meraviglia obtained the Gold-Pin certification with the Italian Sommelier Association and the Worldwide Sommelier Association (WSA). He is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators in the United States. In 2009, he was awarded the international prize, "AIS – Villa Sandi" presented to only 15 sommeliers worldwide for "innovation in the profession of Sommelier." In 2013, he placed 5th at the WSA's "Best Sommelier in the World" competition. A native Italian, Meraviglia is passionate about archeology and ancient European history, with a focus on his Celtic (Gaulish) heritage.

Planning Your Visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended.

Check-in opens 1 hour prior to the start time of program in the Auditorium lobby, and the Auditorium opens 30 minutes prior to program start time for seating, which is open and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m. Please note that some galleries are currently closed as we reinstall the collection in a new presentation. Click here for details.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.