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Wines and Grapevines

Più centrato sulla viticoltura è Bartolomeo Taegio (XVI sec.-1573), gentiluomo milanese, che nel dialogo De l'humore, pubblicato a Milano nel 1564, in occasione della vendemmia nella propria villa di Robecco, tratta dei terreni adatti alla piantagione dei vitigni, della coltivazione della vite, della vinificazione e delle varie specie dei vini, rifacendosi perlopiù agli scrittori dell'antichità. Wine is the only thing that Scappi does not cover in his treatise, leaving a gap to be filled by Lancerio, Taegio and by Bacci. Of the three works, the most lively and colorful is the letter, Della qualità dei vini (On the quality of wine) addressed to Guido Ascanio Sforza by Sante Lancerio (XVI cent.), the wine advisor to Pope Paolo III Farnese. The work was published in Rome by Giuseppe Ferraro in 1876. The letter details his long and thoughtful experience in the papal Court in a series of flavor memories that can be considered, in good faith, the beginnings of Italian enological literature.
De naturali vinorum historia However, Bartolomeo Taegio’ (XVI cent.-1573), a gentleman from Milan, work De l'humore,is more focused on viticulture. His book was published in Milan in 1564 for the occasion of the harvest of his villa in Robecco. It explains everything from the proper terrain and ways to plant the vines, to the cultivation, vinification and various types of wine, referring for the most part of ancient writers.
On the contrary, Andrea Bacci (1524-1600), a doctor from L’Aquila with a courtly knowledge of Latin, describes in detail his experience and knowledge of wine in his monumental treatise, De naturali vinorum historia. His work is organized in seven books, published in Rome in 1596 (and translated into Italian only in 1875), which recall both the classic texts and modern science. He also included interesting annotations about customs relating to different wine making methods.