How cool is this? Love try it when it becomes available.
Roman wine being brought back to life in Pompeii. Photo: Piero Mastrobeardino
Roman remains litter the closely-grown vines. Photo: Mastrobeardino
Made from ancient grape varieties grown in Pompeii, ‘Villa dei Misteri’ has to be one of the world’s most exclusive wines.
The grapes are planted in exactly the same position, grown using identical techniques and grow from the same soil the city’s wine-makers exploited until Vesuvius buried the city and its inhabitants in AD 79.
In the late 1800s, archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli first excavated some of the city’s vineyards from beneath three metres of solid ash.
The digs turned up an almost perfect snapshot of ancient wine-growing – and thirteen petrified corpses, huddled against a wall.
Casts were made of the bodies, as well as the vines and the surviving segments of trellises on which they were growing.
But archaeologists didn’t think to restore…
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Quite amazing and very interesting that they have replanted 15 of the city’s ancient vineyards! I think it’s smart that they are experimenting with diverse ancient farming techniques and grape blends. Although it’s expensive, I think it would be worth trying. 🙂
I think it is brilliant and it would be interesting to trying. I have to agree that it will be expensive but I wouldn’t mind having a taste… or two 😀
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