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The cultivation of grapes in northern Lazio began with the Etruscans and is first documented in a fourth-century BC tomb in the necropolis of Molesino. You see one Faliscan ‘stamnos’ with red figures representing Dionysus and Oinopion, i.e. a rounded vase with two handles, with which they brought the wine to serve to the guests at the table with a long bronze ladle.

Some writings of Pliny describe with greater detail the cultivation of grapes and production of wine that the Romans stimulated and developed.

After the Middle Ages, before the abbeys and then the Papal States, wine production resumed and further promoted.

The Cimini Hills have the distinction of being of medium height and having volcanic soil. Here are cultivated mainly vines from Lazio that produce typical and unmistakable wines. Already in 1883, in a survey on agriculture are listed the cultivation of white grapes Bello, Greco, Moscatello, Petino, Procanico, Romanesco and Rossetto and red grapes Aleatico, Cannaiola, Porcina and Prugnolo.


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