Vinum Hadrianum

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Hadrianum wine (Greek: Adriakos, Adrianos) was from the southern Picenum hills,[1] in the town of Hatria or Hadria, the old town of Atri. [2] Hadrianum wine was already ancient in fame and was considered as one of the good wines of the Empire, along with Praetutianum. [3]


Hadrianum wine and the adjoining Praetuttian vineyards achieved a reputation in the 1st century AD. A significant development is to be associated with the time of the first Roman Empire, Augustus (31 BC-AD 14).[4] Hadrianum was known to be a vintage for export.

Pliny and others named Hadrianum as one of the highly-rated wines, along with Praetutian from Ancona on the Adriatic, Mamertine from Messina in Sicily, Rhaetic from Verona, and a few others. [2]

The best vineyards in Italy have generally not fallen. Production and trade of great Campanian wines continues, as well as on the coast Adriatic, that of the Hadrianum.


  • André Tchernia, Le vin de l'Italie romaine
  • Dimitri Van Limbergen, Vinum picenum and oliva picena


  1. Andrew Dalby, Food in the Ancient World From A to Z p. 171, 2003, ISBN 0415232597
  2. 2.0 2.1 Merton Sandler, Roger Pinder, Wine: A Scientific Exploration p. 66, 2003, ISBN 0203373944
  3. Andrew Dalby, Empire of Pleasures p. 73, 2000, ISBN 0415186242
  4. Jancis Robinson, The Oxford Companion to Wine p. 383, ISBN 9780198705383

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