Florence-born Italian agronomist Giovanni Vettorio Soderini (1526-1596) studied philosophy and law at the University of Bologna. After his return to the Tuscany
He was due to an alleged complicity in a plot against the Medici
sentenced to death. He was gifted and banished to the land. He escaped boredom in exile by studying agriculture. In the episode he wrote some noteworthy essays. Only after his death was published in 1600 his work on the wine "Trattato della coltivazione delle viti, e del frutto che se ne puo cavare" (treatise on the cultivation of vines and fruit). Among other things, the then known varieties
and wine-making methods. Soderini was convinced (according to the knowledge or belief of his time) that the state of the stars and the moon phases
Influence on earnings
, Quality and shelf life of the wine. He recommended the vintage with decreasing moon in a certain astrological sign.