The Roman poet and politician Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395) was born in Roman Burdigala ( Bordeaux ) born as the son of a wealthy family. He was educator of the later Roman emperor Gratian (359-383), who later appointed him consul in Augusta Treverorum (now Trier), the Roman administrative capital of Gaul. Here the Romans founded viticulture. Ausonius possessed in Lucaniacus at the Garonne in today's area Saint-Emilion a winery with about 1,100 morning, Maybe there is today named after him Château Ausone, or, according to recent findings, maybe that Château La Gaffelière, which also claims this place for itself. He also wrote a detailed description of the wines of the Gironde, He also praised the wines from the Burgundian region Mâconnais,
A well-known work is a description from the year 371 of the Mosel landscape and the city of Trier in 483 hexameters. In it he describes a boat trip on the Moselle and describes this stream with the tributaries, the beauty of the landscape with the surrounding mountains and the wine in today's German wine-growing region Moselle with the following words: How does the stream now paint its streaming floods with shimmering light, when Hesperus bows dawning shadows into the glaring afterglow. How does the Moselle adorn itself in the bright green of its hills? How do the peaks swing in the wave dance, glistening with golden light. From a distance, the vine leaves tremble in the sight of the departing embers, and the grape shines swelling in the mirror of crystalline tide. His poet's colleague has a similar form Venantius Fortunatus (530 / 540-610).