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A friend antique wine (Germanized Surrentiner), who became particularly popular under the rule of the Emperor Augustus (63 BC-14 AD). He came from the eponymous peninsula Sorrento south of Naples in today's region Campania, The Roman author Pliny the Elder (23-79) describes it as a light, acid-rich wine that needs 20 to 25 years of maturity, which is very surprising for a "light white wine". It became a widely used variety ancient grape called Aminea vinified. Pliny counts him Caecubian and the famous Falernian in terms of quality to the top wines, what the Greek doctor Galen (129-216) also does so over 100 years later. But the quality was not uncontroversial, because the emperors Tiberius (42 BC-47 AD) and Caligula (12-41) referred to him as " vinegar high quality ”.

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