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Haluntium

In the south-eastern corner of the Italian region or the island of Sicily, sweet and alcoholic wines were already produced in ancient times. There was the old port city or the city-state of Syracuse (today Siracusa). A legendary wine from this time was called "Pollio di Siracusa", named after the legendary tyrant Pollio Argivo, who ruled over ancient Syracuse in the 8th century BC. The famous author Pliny the Elder (23-79) described this ancient wine as "native to Sicily and tasting of sweet must" and named it "Haluntium" after the ancient city of the same name. The German Staufer Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250), who resided in Sicily, was a friend of this wine and regularly served it to his guests. The two sweet white wines "Moscato di Siracusa" (DOC area Siracusa) and "Moscato di Noto" (DOC area Noto) made from the variety Moscato Bianco(Muscat Blanc) are considered to be the current successors.

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