The white variety was regarded in ancient Rome to the Aminea as the second most important. It was grown above the Tiber. The name derives from the ancient city Nomentum (now Mentana near Rome) from. It was developed by Pliny the Elder described (23-79) as a hardy plant with good wood. In some ancient sources is believed that these Ancient varieties an ancestor of the Traminer could have been (this is also the Aminea attributed). See also Ancient wines .