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Haluntium

In the southeast corner of the Italian region or the island Sicily Sweet and alcoholic wines were produced in antiquity. There was the old port city or the city-state Syracuse (now Siracusa). A legendary wine from this period was called "Pollio di Siracusa", named after the fabled tyrant Pollio Argivo, who lived in the 8th century BC. Over ancient Syracuse. this antique wine described the famous author Pliny the Elder (23-79) as "native in Sicily and tasting of sweet must" and named it after the eponymous ancient city "Haluntium". The German Hohenstaufen emperor Frederick II (1194-1250) residing in Sicily was a friend of this wine and regularly served him to his guests. Today's successors are the two from the variety Moscato Bianco ( Muscat Blanc ) sweet white wines "Moscato di Siracusa" (DOC area Siracusa ) and "Moscato di Noto" (DOC area Noto ).

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