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In ancient Rome, the white grape variety was considered the second most important after Aminea. It was cultivated above the Tiber. The name is derived from the ancient city of Nomentum (today Mentana near Rome). It was described by Pliny the Elder (23-79) as a hardy plant with good wood. Some ancient sources suggest that this ancient grape variety may have been an ancestor of the Traminer (but this is also attributed to Aminea). For these rather vague suppositions, however, DNA-genetic or botanical evidence is of course missing. See also under antique wines.

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