Florence-born Italian agronomist Giovanni Vettorio Soderini (1526-1596) studied philosophy and law at the University of Bologna. Upon his return to the Tuscany
he was convicted of complicity in a conspiracy against Medici
sentenced to death. But he was gifted and exiled to the country. He avoided boredom in exile by studying agriculture. As a result, he wrote some remarkable papers. It was only after his death in 1600 that his work on the viticulture "Trattato della coltivazione delle viti, e del frutto che se ne puô cavare" (treatise on the cultivation of vines and fruit) was published. Among other things, those known at the time are also included varieties
and wine making methods are described. Soderini was (according to the knowledge or belief of his time) convinced that the state of the stars and the moon phases
Influence on earnings
, Quality and storability of the wine. He recommended that vintage with a waning moon in a certain zodiac sign.