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A friend antique wine (Germanized Surrentine), which became popular especially under the reign of Emperor Augustus (63 BC-14 AD). He came from the eponymous peninsula Sorrento south of Naples in the present region Campania, The Roman author Pliny the Elder (23-79) describes it as a light, acidic wine that needs 20 to 25 years of maturity, which is very surprising for a "light white wine". He became a variant of the widespread ancient grape variety called Aminea vinified. Pliny counts him Caecubian and the famous one Falernian in terms of quality to the top wines, what the Greek doctor Galen (129-216) also does more than 100 years later. Visibly, however, the quality was not undisputed, because the emperor Tiberius (42 BC-47 AD) and Caligula (12-41) described him as " vinegar high quality ".

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