The Greek historian and geographer Strabo or Strábōn (63 BC-28 AD) undertook rhetorical and philosophical studies long journeys through the then known world and then settled in Rome. His extensive historical work has been preserved only in fragments. Largely complete, however, is his "Geographia", the most important source of ancient knowledge about Europe. Asia and Africa applies. It contains detailed details about the 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 v. To 14 n. Chr.) And its 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 its own viticulture at the time of Emperor Augustus, but already Pliny the Elder (23-79) very well testified a few decades later. So it must have been planted shortly after Strabo's visit there vines. He reports that the banks of the Rhone covered by vines and possibly meant the area Hermitage, Exceptionally large giant grapes with two cubits of circumference he found at Antioch, today Antakya in the Turkey (an antique cubit was around 55 to 80 cm). And almost exuberantly Strabo praises the wines from the former Roman province of Aquileia in today's Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, See also below Antique grape varieties. Ancient wines and drinking culture,