|Part of the experimental vineyard,
using ancient methods, near the amphitheatre in
Growing grapes again at Pompeii
than 1900 years after Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii,
grapevines are again being grown in the ancient
Experimental vineyards using ancient traditions have
been planted by the old and well-known Mastroberardino winery in
several locations on the outskirts of Pompeii.
Mastroberardino, wine played a central role in the lives of the
Vesuvian people. Archaeological excavations, botanical studies, and
the discovery of casts of vine roots and their support stakes have
confirmed that vines were grown within ancient Pompeii'fs city
walls, in the gardens and orchards which beautified villas, and
especially in the quarters located on the outskirts of the city,
near the amphitheatre.
The experimental vineyard project was
begun in 1996 when the archaeological superintendent of Pompeii
appointed Mastroberardino, of Atripalda, Italy, to reintroduce
vinegrowing in Pompeii.
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