The vineyards of Mount Vesuvius still produce the same wines enjoyed by the ancient Romans.


The vinegards of Sorrentino Vino, with Vesuvius in the background.
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Before Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD, its volcanic vineyards produced unique wines that the ancient Romans enjoyed at lavish banquets. Modern drinkers can savor the same flavors with the historic wine known as Lacryma Christi.

Although its name translates to “tears of Christ,” the wine’s origins go back further than the time of Jesus. In the fifth century BC, Greek settlers came to the Naples coast and planted Italy’s first vineyards. The…

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