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Raeticum

famous antique wine (Vinum raeticum), which according to a contemporary statement "was found on the tables of the rich". The wine came from today's province of Verona in Veneto, Supposedly he was one too favorite wine by Emperor Augustus (63 BC-AD 14). It was made from a grape variety called Uva raetica. According to a non-verifiable hypothesis, the variety Rèze from the Wallis be a descendant of the Uva raetica. To Pliny the Elder (23-79) this vine was allegedly brought to this area by the Phoker tribe from Marseille 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 has been mentioned by several well-known Roman authors, although it was probably not always the same wine. Wines were made after that origin labeled regardless of the grape variety. It could also have been different wines or grape varieties that were often mixed sentence were cultivated. This is also supported by the fact that the sources of white, red and sort of Recioto sweet Raeticum is spoken from dried grapes. The first author to report a wine of that name was Cato the Elder (234-149 BC), the quality of the Raeticum immediately after the Falernian ranked. More goods Virgil (70-19 BC), Strabo (63 BC-AD 28) and Tacitus (55-120).

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