Angelo Mariani (chemist)

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Angelo Mariani
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Angelo Mariani by Roty
Born1838 (1838)
Died1914 (aged 75–76)
Known forInventor of the first coca wine
Scientific career
Advertising bill for the wine Mariani, lithograph by Jules Chéret, 1894

Angelo Mariani or Ange-François Mariani (1838–1914) was a French chemist and entrepreneur from the island of Corsica. He was born in Pero-Casevecchie, Haute-Corse.


He is best known as the inventor of the first coca wine, Vin Mariani, in 1863. His contribution was to introduce the coca leaf indirectly to the general public. Mariani imported tons of coca leaves and used an extract from them in many products. It was Mariani's coca wine, though, that made him rich and famous. Mariani was also awarded with a medal of appreciation from Pope Leo XIII.[1]

This tonic wine has been described as the ancestor of Coca-Cola.[2]


  1. ^ Lestrange, Aymon de (2018). Coca wine : Angelo Mariani's miraculous elixir and the birth of modern advertising ([English translation, revised and expanded edition] ed.). Rochester, Vermont. ISBN 978-1-62055-784-6. OCLC 1029444492.
  2. ^ "Drug that spans the ages: The history of cocaine". The Independent. London. 2006-03-02. Archived from the original on 2022-05-07. Retrieved 2008-09-19.

BIBLIOGRAPHY Aymon de Lestrange Coca Wine: Angelo Mariani’s Miraculous Elixir and the Birth of Modern Advertising, Park Street Press (VT), 2018