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Passum

Latin name in ancient Rome for a then very popular raisin wine made from dried grapes (lat. passus = dried). The stems of the grapes were twisted shortly before the grape harvest, so that the water supply was interrupted. The grapes remained hanging on the vine until they shrunk or raisined. On some high quality Tokaj aszú wines, the text "Vinum Tokajense Passum" can be found on the label. Similarly produced sweet wines are Flétri, Passerillé, Passito, Recioto and Trockenbeerenauslese. See also under vinification.

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