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1 July 2020
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Fertility and disease: reason vs superstition in the vineyards of ancient Rome … and today

…. continued from here As we have already seen in the previous posts, the Roman agricultural authors (see here), in particular Columella, generally tell of a […]
25 June 2020
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The vineyards of ancient Rome, between the owner’s “otium” and the work of the winemaker

(continue from here) According to Columella, those who want to start an agricultural business must not miss three things: knowledge, the will to do and money. […]
23 June 2020
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The wonderful Palaemon’s vineyard and other vintners’ stories at the ancient Rome times

In ancient Rome times, the production of wine was considered an interesting business. Cato puts viticulture in first place in agriculture, as the most profitable activity […]
18 June 2020
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What are we doing now in the vineyard: the topping

After the fruit set, this is the moment of the topping, that is, the cutting of the final parts of the growing shoots, the apex and […]
23 May 2020
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Spring in the vineyard: the works of this period

In this season the growth of the vine is very fast. There are so many jobs to do! We are now finishing the green pruning works, […]
22 March 2020
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Viticulture in Rome and the rediscovery of the Genius Loci

The Romans were great winegrowers. At the time of their agricultural acme, they had reached good empirical knowledge of the vineyard practices (with the due limits). […]
22 February 2020
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The vineyard balance always stars with a good pruning

In these days we are doing the winter pruning in the vineyard, which is the most important of all the works to direct the vines to […]
23 January 2020
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Ancient Rome: a lost in translation vineyard

“Where could we better start if not from the vine, compared to which Italy has such an undisputed supremacy, that it gives the impression of having […]
10 December 2019
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The taste of wine in ancient Roman times

So far, I have spoken about the Roman era in our territory (here and here), about its wine production and European trade. But, how was this […]
28 November 2019
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Bolgheri and the Roman times (2): the Bolgheri “villa”

In the first part I told about the mutations of our territory in Roman times compared to the Etruscan one, but also about how culture and […]
28 November 2019
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Bolgheri and the Roman times (1): the “ager Volaterranus”

Our territory passed under the Roman domination during the III century BC. It was not as traumatic as elsewhere, in several respects (as I will tell […]
30 August 2019
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Wine and the Etruscan (VI): when the vine came out of the woods

The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the vine. (Thucydides, V century BC)   I have talked about […]
21 August 2019
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The Etruscans and wine (V): an intense wine trade to Europe

We all already know that the Etruscans were great navigators and traders but perhaps it is less known that they also traded their wine, a sort […]
14 August 2019
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But when is the harvest?

Now the grapes are finishing to change color (veraison). From the complete change, they will still go from 3 to 5 weeks to perfect maturity. Every […]
17 December 2018
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Wine and the Etruscan IV: the wine into the social life and religion.

“They live in a region that produces everything and, by engaging in work, have fruits with which they can not only eat enough, but also enjoy […]