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 the 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 owned in Lucaniacus on the Garonne in today's area Saint-Emilion a winery with about 1,100 morning, Possibly there is the one named after him today Chateau Ausone, or maybe, according to recent knowledge, that Château La Gaffelière, which also occupies this space. He also wrote a detailed description of the wines of the Gironde, He also praised the Burgundian wines Mâconnais,
A well-known work is a description from the year 371 of the Moselle landscape and the city of Trier in 483 heximeters. 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 in the following words: How does the stream color its trickling floods with a shimmering glow when Hesperus' twilight shadows weave into the glowing evening glow. How the Moselle decorates itself so finely in the bright green of its hills. How the crests swing in the waves, glistening with golden light. From afar, the vine leaves tremble in the sight of the emitting embers, and the grape glistens swelling in the mirror of crystalline tide. His colleague of poets is in a similar form Venantius Fortunatus (530 / 540-610).
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