According to Columella (1st century AD) and Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD), the white grape variety (also known as Aminea Gemina Maior or Vitis aminea) was the most important and best variety in Rome at the time. According to Pliny, only the Nomentana came close to it in quality. According to his description, full-bodied, strong and ageable white wines were made from Aminea, for example such famous ancient wines as Surrentinum and Falerner. According to Pliny, there were five different sub-varieties of Aminea. Today's varieties Amigne, Falanghina and Greco Bianco have a certain similarity, so that descent can be assumed. According to one hypothesis, the grape variety Chasselas is a descendant. The ampelographer Hermann Goethe (1837-1911) suspected that the Traminer (Savagnin Blanc) could also be descended from it. And last but not least, the Riesling is also mentioned. Of course, there is no DNA-genetic, botanical or historical evidence for all these rather vague assumptions. See also under ancient grape varieties.
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