A friend who studies Latin told me about an ancient wine called Massic. He says ancient Roman poets praised it lavishly. Does it still exist?
No. In ancient Roman times Massic was a white wine greatly esteemed by the wine lovers of the day and praised by Latin poets. The recipe has been lost over the centuries and nobody is sure what grapes were used to make it.
All we know is that it was produced from grapes grown on the Monte Massico, between the Garigliano and Volturno Rivers. It was apparently transported to Sinuessa on the coast, where it was placed in stoneware amphorae for export. Like our own “Sweet wines of Constantia” mentioned by Jane Austen and loved by Napoleon, we’ll never know for certain what it tasted like.