The Greek historian and geographer Strabo or Strábōn (63 BC-28 AD) made long journeys through the world known at that time after rhetorical and philosophical studies and then settled in Rome. His extensive historical work has only survived in fragments. However, his "Geographia", which is the most important source of ancient knowledge about, is largely complete Europe. Asia and Africa applies. It contains detailed details about religion, cults and customs of the peoples, as well as historical anecdotes. These represent an image of the world at the time of the Roman emperor Augustus (63 BC to 14 AD) and his successor Tiberius (42 BC-47 AD). In this work is also the subject viniculture dedicated space.
Strabo writes that in Burdigala ( Bordeaux ) did not have their own winegrowing at the time of the Emperor Augustus, but it already did Pliny the Elder (23-79) testified very well a few decades later. Vines must have been planted there shortly after Strabo's visit. He reports that the banks of the Rhone are covered by vines and possibly meant the area Hermitage, He found exceptionally large giant grapes with two cubits in size at Antioch, today's Antakya in the Turkey (an antique cubit was around 55 to 80 cm). And Strabo praises the wines from the then Roman province of Aquileia in today's Italian region almost exuberantly Friuli-Venezia Giulia, See also under Ancient grape varieties. Ancient wines and drinking culture,