Planeta, one of Sicily's top wineries, plans to produce a wine that may have been Roman emperor Julius Caesar's favorite. The wine will come from vineyards that Planeta has leased in the little-known Mamertino appellation, on the northeastern part of the island, which is reputed to have produced a red Caesar ordered for feasts. Planeta is currently joining with Attilio Scienza, a viticulture professor from the University of Milan, to discover the forgotten indigenous grape variety that was blended with Nocera grapes to produce Mamertino.
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