Last October in Pompeii it took place, in the presence of journalists and tourists, the traditional cutting of the grapes in the vineyards of the House of the Summer Triclinium. At the event it was opened to the public also the beautiful Foro Boario vineyard.
The project was born as an experiment in 1994 on a limited area of the ruins, thanks to an agreement between the Superintendent and the winery Mastroberardino that, in addition to taking care of the vineyards, It produces the prized Villa of Mysteries wine, made with two different varieties of grapes named Piedirosso and Sciascinoso. It has unique features as it realized according to the viticulture techniques of two thousand years ago.
In addition to being an excellent wine, the Villa of the Mysteries wine is a way to tell and make known Pompeii with its culture and its ancient tradition.
Today, however, the affected areas dedicated to the harvesting grapes include all the vineyards of Regiones I and II of the ancient Pompeii, for an extension of more than one hectare, spread over 15 plots with a potential yield of about 30 tons of grapes. This area can produce an amount of about 1800 bottles a year (mostly already booked by the more prestigious restaurants in the world) that on the market they may also get a cost of € 200 each. Since 2007, it was also launched the production of another excellent red wine called Aglianico.
Also, during the event in the ruins of Pompeii, some official guides have entertained guests with ancient tales. Thanks to the letters of Pliny the Elder, the guides told to their guests that the ancient Romans mixed the wine, they did not drink it pure: adding honey it became a mixture called "mulsum" while adding resin it became "resinous" wine. But Pliny the Elder tells us also that the most expensive wine , besides the Falernum, was the Greek wine, coming from Kos. And Pliny also tells us that one slave quaffed the wine when the owner was not there and then he filled again the amphora until the brim with salt water: the slave managed to create a unique blend and this new kind of wine became very expensive.
So, thanks to the Great Pompeii Project, the site is improving its offer organizing funny initiatives like the grape harvesting. But there is more! As we told in a previous article on our blog, within December there will be the additions of a number of newly opening domus in the Ancient Pompeii. The Regiones IV, V; VI and IX will be soon entirely opened and the roads will be completely accessible, giving the chance also to disables to visit Pompeii. The House of Siricus, near the Lupanare, will be soon ready to visit and the House of the Bear too, in the Regio VII. Moreover, by the end of the year, we will open other domus, such as the House of Marcus Lucretius Fronto and the House of Obellius Firmus.
So, Christmas will be the best period to visit Pompeii! Take a tour of Pompeii with us and time travel to the past! Start by viewing our tours here. Or call our Pompeii office at +39 081 1877 7006.
Staff at Flashback Journey to Pompeii. Our goal is to bring you up-to-date information on events, continuing archeological excavations and more on Pompeii.