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Rome Wine Tastings

 

Wine in Rome

Area : Castelli Romani Town : Frascati

DOC labels : Colli Lanuvini, Colli Albani, Castelli Romani, Velletri, Frascati and Marino.

Towns : Frascati • Castelgandolfo • Albano • Ariccia • Marino • Rocca di Papa • Nemi • Monteporizio Catone • Grotaferrata

About the Wine & Terroir

The Terroir
The foremost reason why the wines of Castelli are so good is due to fertile volcanic soil rich in potassium and ample sunshine which are extremely favorable to the production of white wines. Latium D.O.C. wines are obtained through a various combination of grape varieties. The chief constituents being trebbiano and malvasia with the addition of various amounts of Greco, bellone, bombino bianco (white grapes), and Cesanese, Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Merlot (red grapes).

The Grapes
Trebbiano An important white-wine grape, due to it's extensive planting. Estimates indicate that Trebbiano produces more wine than any other variety in the world Malvesio A grape that has existed for about 2,000 years. It's believed to have come from the area around the Aegean Sea, possibly from what is now the southwestern area of Turkey and the islands between Turkey and Greece. Malvasia is primarily a white-wine grape, but it has many known subvarieties. Greco

A white-wine grape grown in southwestern Italy's CAMPANIA and CALABRIA regions. Greco's origins are certainly Greek, although there are numerous theories as to how this ancient variety was introduced into Italy.

Legend
All Roman legends, literature and popular traditions concerning wine begin and end with Frascati, which is surely one of the best known, most celebrated and mythologized wines in the world. Its reputation was enhanced by its influence on Roman customs. By 1450 there were already 1,022 famous taverns nearly all owned by producers of Frascati wine, who leased them out under contracts resembling the modern fast food chain franchising agreements.

The Frascati is very good with Hors d'oeuvres, Soups, pasta, fish, white meat, and cheeses and also as an aperitif.

Area - Colli Albani - South western part of the Alban hills and the area bordering Nemi, Genzano and Lanuvio.

Cultivated for centuries, the vineyards that provide grapes for the making of the Colli Albani grapes are situated in a zone noted for its patrician villas, monasteries and sanctuaries that extends southward from the Lake of Albano. It includes the communes of Ariccia, Albano, Pomezia, Castelgandolfo and Lanuvio.

Albano wine is without doubt the ancestor of the Castelli Romani wines in general and the modern Colli Albani in particular. However, winemaking is even older than Imperial Rome. The hills were the site of the Latin community of Albalonga, which existed before the foundation of Rome.

Over the centuries, the Colli Albani wine has never lacked admirers and the citations by illustrious personalities are legion. The wine's popularity undoubtedly goes beyond its undisputed quality. For centuries, the popes have maintained a summer residence at Castelgandolfo in the heart of the production zone. The fresh fragrance of the wine appealed to the pontiffs and to the numerous aristocrats, artists and literary figures who frequented their court.

Wine Characteristics

COLOR: pale yellow more or less *

SCENT: winey with a delicate characteristic smell *

FLAVOUR: palatable sapid, soft, fine and velvety *

TASTE: Dry are the wines which have maximum 1% of sugar residue Sweetish are the wines, which have sugar residue between 1% and 3% Cannellino or Sweet are the wines which have sugar residue between 3% and 6% * Alcoholic volume in total: minimum: 11% The "Frascati Superiore" wine has to have more than 11.5% of alcoholic volume.

The Legend of Bacchus

As far back as 2000 years ago vineyards were passionately cultivated on this land. Splendid testimony of the level of mastery attained by the Romans in the wine-making process is preserved in the ruins of Ercolano and Pompei : they often used honey , spices , herbs and sea water to add flavour and stability to the wines destined for the ageing process . In Italy wine is produced in the regions spanning from the Alps right through to Sicily .

As a result of the different climate and quality of soil , there are very diverse wines produced. Each of these must be accompanied by the right food which enhances the flavour and counterbalances the bouquets of the wine . Only in this way will a good wine give that pleasurable heady sensation which renders it unique and without substitute. And without which it would be impossible to fully experience the colours and moods of this sun kissed and passionate land or to fully understand its art and history .

First and foremost, the cult of Bacchus , God of wine , which was disperse in all of the Mediterranean basin and often prohibited even in the imperialist age because of celebrations that culminated in frenzied fertility rituals . During the evening our guide will recount some of the most captivating myths and legends surrounding wine, such as, the birth of Bacchus and The Drunkenness of Noah depicted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

Castelli Romani

Wine Tours & Tastings in Rome and Surrounds

Wine has been made in Rome and its environs for several thousand years, that is ever since the Romans learned from the Persians to grow vines. Rome's wines, led by Frascati and Marino, were traditionally, pleasingly soft though not so sweet as to overwhelm the flavor of food. They were easy, everyday wines not designed to last long or travel far.

Other whites important to Lazio are Est! Est!! Est!!!, a wine made around the town of Montefiascone north of Rome, and Orvieto, made in a zone shared with neighboring Umbria.

Region : Lazio in west-central Italy, is best known as Rome's region.

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Wine Tastings

Join us in the historical center of Rome for an intimate hour spent with wine expert and sommelier , tasting and discussing Italian wines in a cozy intimiate atmosphere close to the Coloseum

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69.00€pp

Tour Code: MT-ROM-WINE-1
Tastings : Sat 5:00pm (Other days on Request)
Duration: 1 1/2 hrs.
Cost: 69.00€pp

Includes: 5 wines and small tasting.
Meeting: Trendy Cantinanear coloseum

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Join us for an intimate hour and half with our trilingual wine expert tasting and discussing Italian wines in a cozy intimate group, at a local but trendy wine bar and restaurant mostly frequented by locals 10 minutes walk from the ancient Coloseum.

The bar stocks hundreds of wines from every region of Italy, hand-picked one by one. After the tasting many guests continue the evening with a light dinner.

Your wine expert will give you an introduction on wine with a pwer point presentation on a computer or if a larger group on a large screen.

Small groups may request a specific focus such as only reds, whites, sparkling wines, regional wines. ( in the case of sparkling wines there may be a surcharge).

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Wine Promenades

Private Tour with a Sommelier

Enjoy a walk around Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona or Pantheon and combine a walking tour with wine.

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99.00€pp

Includes: 3 wines and snacks

Meeting: Campo dei Fiori square in front of the Giordano Bruno statue

Duration: 2hrs to 2 1/2hrs

Departures: Tuesday to Friday : 5.30pm

Cost : 99.00 pp - minimum 2 persons

Guided by a qualified sommelier of the Italian Sommelier Association. You will explore various types of selected Italian wines, including those difficult to be find back home, learning the basics of wine appreciation while visiting 3 different wine bars. During the tour will talk about how to taste wine (visual, odour and taste characteristics), describing wine grape types, wine regions and wine making.

Frascati Wine Tour

Castelli Romani Wine Tour

Frascati produces more wine than any other DOC in Latium, most of it DRY white wine from 2,980 producers in Frascati and growers in neighboring. Grottaferrata , Monteporzio Catone, Montecompatri. and the Marino zone adjacent to Frascati and produces bigger, richer, more complex wines from the same grapes.

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Sample Private Routes

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First stop at “Strade Vigne del Sole” wine-farm (Grottaferrata), where they make excellent Latium wines, and Antonio Cugini will tell you incredible stories about the “art of making wine”.

Then you will visit Castelgandolfo (the Pope’s summer residence): from the Belvedere you will admire AlbanoLake and then you will walk outside the historical Papal Palace.

Stop at “Casale Certosa” wine-farm (Pavona-Albano), a small but very active place, where the owners will welcome you with their prestigious products.

13.00: Lunch at one of Ariccia’s famous “fraschette” – “Dar Burino” - where you will enjoy a traditional Castelli Romani meal: hors d’oeuvre with porchetta (roasted pork), prosciutto, salami and olives; main course, a choise from Amatriciana pasta, Carbonara pasta or dumplings with tomato sauce; woodfire bread and local wine.

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Lunch at one of Castelgandolfo’s famous “fraschette”, with a view on the lake, where you will enjoy a traditional Castelli Romani meal: Porchetta (rosated pork), prosciutto,salami, cheese, olives, bread and local wine.

Short trip around Nemi Lake, small and gorgeous volcanic lake with its beautiful omonimous little town (if it’s Spring, you will try the most wonderful wild strawberries with whipped cream ever!).

On our way to Frascati, we’ll cross Rocca di Papa, another charming medieval town plunged in the middle ofsweet green hills.

Nearby Frascati you will visit the archaeological excavations of Tusculum, an ancient Roman town, and as a snack you will taste Marino’s famous “ciambelline al vino” with Passito wine, sitted in the beautiful picnic area inside Castelli Romani’s Regional Park.

We will then top at Cantine Conte Zandotti wine-farm, where you will visit an extraordinary cellar situated in a Roman cistern, and the Count Zandotti will introduce you to his ancient and precious wines.

Visit Colonna, the smallest among castelli Romani’s small towns; you will walk along its steep little streets and stop at “Francesca Cardone” wine-shop, where they make and sell only organic wines. You will taste something special!

Last stop will be at Cantina Cerquetta wine-farm, a historical place where they’ve been making wines for centuries. The perfect way to say “goodbye” to Castelli Romani!

 

Escorted Small Group Tour

Duration: 3 1/2hrs

Cost: $79.00 pp

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Includes : English speaking tour guide . All transfers in air-conditioned bus . Tasting: 1 white wine. 2 red wines, 1 extra-virgin olive oil, Fresh oven-baked bread

Take a sip of history on Rome’s first wine tasting tour that transports you out of the bustle of the city and into a haven encircled by the vineyards and olive groves of the Frascati region. Amble along 200 acres of vines surrounding 17th century architecture, treasures of one of Italy's oldest and most distinguished noble families, the Pallavicini. Feel the cool humidity of the 3rd century caverns lined with Acacia and French Oak barriques. Our expert guide will show you Roman history through the lens of a glass of vino. You will discover Imperial Rome as the cradle for wine culture, where the Nectar of the Gods went from an ambrosia for the elite to a common pleasure. This enticing voyage of the senses concludes with a guided tasting of a special selection of Pallavicini's own wines and olive oil. The only tour of its kind in Rome -- this wine tasting tour takes you to the to one of the oldest and most beautiful wine-producing estates of the Frascati region. A tour of the property and talk about the fascinating history of wine in ancient Rome is followed by a tasting of three wines and an olive oil.

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Est Est Est Wine Tour

Private Tour to Etruscan country

The most renowned wine of the areas is Est! Est!! Est!!! of Montefiascone, followed by the Orvieto Classico, partly produced in the province of Viterbo , Aleatico of Gradoli, with its bouquet of musk-rose, the Vignanello D.O.C. wine.

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Duration: 8hrs

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Sample itinerary

En route to Montefiascone we will visit a wine producer of the area to try some Lazio Reds which until now are not that well known but quite delicious.

Montefiascone: The city was controlled by the Etruscans. Montefiascone Cathedral is one of the highlights we will visit and one of the earliest structures by Michele Sanmicheli. Dedicated to Santa Margherita, the cathedral was a ruin in 1330 and took three centuries to rebuild. The church of San Flaviano, a curious double church of importance in the history of architecture; in its interior some 14th-century frescoes were discovered in 1896. In the crypt is the grave of a traveler who succumbed to excessive drinking of the local wine known as Est! Est!! Est!!!. The story is that his valet, who preceded him, wrote "est" on the doors of all the inns where good wine was to be had, and that here the inscription was thrice repeated.

Rocca di Papi is the remains of the old Papal summer residence and inside we will have a wine and food tasting for lunch. At the top of the hill it provides a tremendous view of Lago Bolsena.

Viterbo: The first report of the new city dates to the eighth century, when it is identified as Castrum Viterbii. It was fortified in 773 by the Lombard king Desiderius in his vain attempt to conquer Rome. When the Popes switched to the Frankish support, Viterbo became part of the Papal States. In a period in which the Popes had difficulties asserting their authority over Rome, Viterbo became their favourite residence, beginning with Pope Eugene III (11451146) who was besieged in vain in the city walls. We'll visit the Pope's Palace and ancient town center.

At the end of the day if time we will stop a an Olive Oil producer.

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