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Raeticum

Famous antique wine (Vinum raeticum), which according to a contemporary statement "was found on the tables of the rich". The wine came from the present province of Verona in Veneto. It is said that it was also a favourite wine of Emperor Augustus (63 B.C. - 14 A.D.). It was made from a grape variety known as Uva raetica. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, the Rèze variety from Valais is said to be a descendant of Uva raetica. According to Pliny the Elder (23-79), this vine was allegedly brought to this area by the Phocian tribe from Marseille, who came from central Greece. The name derives either from the Roman province of Raetia and/or from the municipality of Raetia near Verona in Veneto. The province of Raetia covered a large area with parts in northern Italy, Tyrol-Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany.

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