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Cilento, an area south of Salerno boasting fantastic natural resources, is one of Italy's most unpolluted. But it is also one of the country's poorest because of its rugged, dry land. Cilento's current vine species are offspring of the first vines that were brought to Elea and Paestum by Greek colonizers in antiquity. The soil here is rich in clay and lime, allowing the local vine species to fully exploit the temperate climate. Sante Lacerio, the cupbearer of Pope Paul III, claimed that Cilento wine was "delicate enough to be drunk in the great heat" of southern Italy and "unsurpassed at the dinner table." Grown in arid, hard-to-till land, the vines do not have a high yield but the wine obtained from their grapes is excellent and provides the perfect match for the region's simple yet tasty dishes.  

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