The first vineyards in Europe were established in the first millennium of the calendar mainly along rivers or on their often terraced slopes. In antiquity, these were also of great importance for the wine trade. The Romans used two main routes for transporting wine by amphora. One ran on the Garonne from the south of France in the Languedoc-Roussillon region to Toulouse and on to Bordeaux as far as the Atlantic, the other from Arles on the Mediterranean upstream on the Rhône to Lyon, from there on the tributary Saône and overland to the Moselle to the Rhine and on this to the North Sea. Water bodies such as rivers, seas and lakes have a positive effect on viticulture in several respects and thus contribute to the so-called winegrowing suit ability (suitability of an area for viticulture).
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