Pompeii grape harvest amid ancient Roman ruins

Grape harvest used to reproduce the wine grown in Pompeii before it was buried in volcanic ash 2,000 years ago.

The annual vendemmia, or grape harvest, gets underway today in the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii.

The traditional grape harvest is part of an ongoing project, now in its 21st year, to reproduce the wine grown in Pompeii before the city was buried by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The harvest takes place in the vineyards of the Casa del Triclinio Estivo and, for the occasion, the Foro Boario vineyard will also be open to the public.

The wine is named after Pompeii's Villa dei Misteri (Villa of Mysteries) and is made with local Piedirosso and Sciascinoso grapes, using viticulture techniques from ancient Roman times.

The project began in 1994, involving archaeologists, historians, botanists and wine experts, in a limited area of the excavations but has since expanded to include 15 plots located in Regiones I and II of ancient Pompeii.

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Pompeii grape harvest amid ancient Roman ruins

80045 Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy