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famous antique wine (Vinum raeticum), who according to a contemporary statement was "found on the tables of the rich". The wine came from the present province of Verona in Veneto, Supposedly he was also one favorite wine by Emperor Augustus (63 BC-14 AD). It was made from a grape called Uva raetica. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, the variety Rèze from the Wallis to be a descendant of Uva raetica. After Pliny the Elder (23-79) this vine was allegedly brought to this area by the tribe of the Phoceans of Marseille, originating from Central Greece. The name derives either from the Roman province of Raetia and / or from the municipality of Raetia near Verona in Veneto. The province of Raetia covered a large area with parts in northern Italy, Tyrol-Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany.

A Vinum raeticum was mentioned by several well-known Roman authors, but it probably was not always the same wine. Wines were then after the origin regardless of the grape varieties. So it may have been different wines or grape varieties, which were then often in the mixed sentence were cultivated. This is also supported by the fact that in the sources of white, red and one kind Recioto sweet Raeticum is spoken from dried grapes. The first author to report a wine of this name was Cato the Elder (234-149 BC), the quality of the Raeticum just after the Falernian ranked. Others were Virgil (70-19 BC), Strabo (63 BC-28 AD) and Tacitus (55-120).

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