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France

France is opposite Greece and Italy a relatively young wine country. The first vines brought in the 6th century BC. BC, the Greeks, the Massalia (Latin Massillia = Marseille) founded in the southwest on the Mediterranean coast. At that time, the country, later designated by the Romans as Gaul, was replaced by the Celts inhabited. It developed a busy trade and the Greeks covered the need. When they immigrated to the Po Valley in the 5th century, they became acquainted with Italian wine and began to import it. So the later French had been consuming wine for a long time before they began to grow one on a larger scale. The conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar (100-44 BC), there was a systematic dissemination. This took place in the 1st century in the Rhône valley, in the 2nd century in Burgundy and Bordeaux and in the 3rd century on the Loire. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Probus (232-282) lifted the ban on Emperor Domitian (51-96) and ordered the planting of vines throughout Gaul in the middle of the 3rd century.

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