Dolium

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DOLIUM

 

The dolium was a huge earthenware container, either spherical or slightly ovoid in shape, perhaps one of the largest objects in clay used in ancient Rome for the storage of wine and other alimentary products. They could reach over 1.50 metres in height and contain from about 1000 to 2000 litres of wine.

According to many archaeologists, the dolia (plural for dolium) were predominantly used buried in the ground for processing and storing wine and as containers for other food products. They were often made by specialised itinerant potters who journeyed from one region to another using local brickworks for their temporary workshops. The dolia were to be found in food-producing places such as farms or in commercial venues like shops and taverns. It is also true that the dolia, for their particular acoustic qualities, were often present in theatres to produce special sound effects!

There is documented evidence that the dolia were sometimes used as containers for transport by sea. They were fixed in the centre of the boat, while the remaining free space in the stern and bow was packed with the smaller amphorae. However this transport system, despite theoretically having great potential, was not a great success. The smaller amphorae were preferred, being found to be far more practical and safe.

Artenova has built a large dolium of more than 1000 litres for the fermentation and maturation of grapes, copying an original dolium from an important archaeological museum.

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  • A DOLIUM, A LARGE SPHERICAL JAR, USED FREQUENTLY IN ANCIENT ROMAN TIMES FOR MAKING, TRANSPORTING AND STORING WINE.
  • THE INSIDE OF THE JARS CAN BE EITHER LEFT UNTREATED OR COATED WITH BEESWAX OR EPOXY RESINS
  • THE UNIQUE CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TERRACOTTA FROM IMPRUNETA, GUARANTEES PERFECT STORAGE AND OUTSTANDING THERMAL INSULATION FOR WINE
  • IMPRUNETA TERRACOTTA JARS ARE AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS SHAPES, SIZES AND WITH DIFFERENT LININGS
  • ON REQUEST IT IS POSSIBLE TO EQUIP THE JARS WITH WINE-DISPENSING TAPS AND SPIGOTS FOR PARTIAL AND TOTAL DRAINAGE
  • DOLIUM  500 LITRES H 140 CM (CA.), PESO. 180 KG. (CA.), D. Ø 105 CM (CA.)
  • DOLIUM  1000 LITRES H 160 CM (CA.), PESO. 250 KG. (CA.), D. Ø 140 CM (CA.)
  • INSIDE COATING OF BEESWAX
  • INSIDE COATING WITH VARNISH FOR ALIMENTARY USE
  • STAINLESS STELL WINE-DISPENSING TAPS
  • STAINLESS STEEL SPIGOTS FOR PARTIAL AND TOTAL DRAINAGE.
  • STAINLESS STEEL BASE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SIZES
  • STAINLESS STEEL BASE WITH WHEELS AVAILABLE FOR ALL SIZES
  • 1 INCH GAROLLA VALVE
  • Ø 50CM - Stainless steel locking system
  • Ø 50CM - Stainless steel lid
  • L. 8CM , H.6CM - Stainless steel wine-dispensing taps
  • L.18,5CM , H 10CM - Stainless steel spigots for partial and total drainage
  • H 48 CM - Glass filler

 

 

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