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We thought it would be fun to share some Lazio wines that have been named after local ancient Etruscan gods and goddesses connected to the land in which the wines have been produced. Romans did not extinguish these deities and their myths live on today. Coincidentally we like all of the wines on this list!
DIANA NEMORENSIS - strongly connected to the small town of Nemi in the Castelli Romani, she is primarily the goddess of the hunt. Omina Romana have named one of their red wines after her, which is made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
MATER MATUTA - was a fertility goddess and protector of life. A temple dedicated to her was discovered in the area around Borgo Le Ferriere, which is where the vineyard Casale del Giglio is located and who produces this red wine made from Syrah and Petit Verdot.
TURAN - consort of the Etruscan god Laran and goddess of mother Earth and fertility, otherwise recognised as Aphrodite or Venus. This is an indulgent red dessert wine made from the local Aleatico grape, produced by the Pacchiarotti winery in the vicinity of Lake Bolsena.
CAUTHA - an Etruscan goddess of the sun, the dawn, new beginnings and sister to the sun. Le Lase winery have named one of their red wines after her, which is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
THESAN - Etruscan goddess of the dawn, divination, childbirth and the generation of life was also known as a love-goddess. Her Roman equivalent is Aurora. Two wine producers have named wines after her. Le Lase named a red wine made from the Canaiolo Nero grape and the Olivieri Winery produces a red wine made from the Ciliegiolo grape.
SEMIA - this Etruscan goddess of the earth was also the mother of Fufluns. Her origins may be Greek, relating to their goddess Semele. This is a white wine produced by Le Lase winery and is made from Pinto Bianco and Pinto Grigio.
TELLUS - seemingly a goddess of Mother Earth known as Terra (Tellus Mater or Terra Mater) and is stated to hail to the Roman Republican era. Tellus is associated with the cornucopia or bunches of fruit and flowers. For the Etruscans she may have been known as Cel. The wine producer Falesco has 3 wines named Tellus (red, white, rosé). Our favourite is the red made from 100% Syrah.
FUFLUNS - the only male deity on our list, was an Etruscan god of many things including plant life, wine, health and happiness. He shares some myths with Dionysus. This is a white wine made from Trebbiano and Chardonnay grapes, produced by the Olivieri winery close to a village called Gallese.
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