Greco di Tufo is the most noble of the southern Italian grapes. It was known in ancient times as Aminea gemella, as it developed a large number of double clusters. According to Aristotle, the vines of Aminee came from Thessaly, the land of origin of the Thessalians who settled in Campania and planted the Greco vines on the slopes of Vesuvius. Columella, Plinio and Virgilio wrote that the grapes of Aminee have been enjoyed since antiquity for their capacity of producing wines with aging potential. The site of Tufo has been for centuries one of cultivation of Greco, given the virtues of the extraordinary characteristics of its soil.
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