A wine from Campania in southern Italy, made in sparkling, white, rosé, and red varieties from grapes originally grown on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Christopher Marlowe (?1564–1593), playwright and poet. From post-classical Latin lachryma Christi, denoting a kind of wine, lit. ‘tear of Christ’ from classical Latin lachryma tear + Chrīstī, genitive of Chrīstus.