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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 […]
14 September 2018
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Wine and the Etruscan III: the production

So far, we have learned to know the Etruscans and their viticulture, based on the “married vine”. Now let’s talk about wine production. As for viticulture, […]
29 August 2018
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Wine and the Etruscan (II): the “married vine”, three thousand and more years of viticulture and art

The Etruscans were the first winegrowers in Italy, beginning from the wild varieties. The wild grapevine is a local plant in the Mediterranean area. In the […]
22 August 2018
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Wine and the Etruscan (I): the first winegrowers

Wine and the Etruscans is a fascinating theme but little known. When people thinks at the antiquity of Italian wine, they thinks almost exclusively to Rome. […]
24 March 2018
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Fermentation in history 2: “It is rarefied to Spirit”

First interpretations on the fermentation process itself appear only in the era of alchemists-scientists, the seventeenth century. It is the historical moment in which the investigation […]
13 March 2018
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Fermentation in history 1: “It boils by its nature!”

After the post about fermentation, especially on the role of yeasts, I invite you on a little journey through history, to discover what people thought in […]
3 July 2017

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17 March 2017
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A new precious book for our library

A new book, of great cultural value, becomes part of our library, on display at Guado al Melo. It is an edition of the sixteenth century […]