Rugged limestone mountains, romantic gorges and volcanic lakes, wide plains and long coastlines. But also historically and culturally, the region offers with its capital Rome a wealth of attractions and highlights worth seeing. Follow the way of ancient Romans from its countrysides to the metropolis of millennial and enjoy your dream holidays!
Lazio wine region is located in central Italy, between Tuscany and Campania. The location of the eternal city, Rome, makes it a cultural centre and a dream place to visit for many. Even though Lazio wines are not in its high heights nowadays, the region still remains as one of the centres of ancient winemaking. First Etruscans and later Romans tried to take potential of soils and a climate to satisfy their passion for wines. From a viticultural, as well as cultural, gastronomic and historic perspective, Lazio still remains as one of the frontier regions of Italy.
What You Should Know About Lazio Wines
In the shadow of Rome
Talking about the Lazio region all the attention immediately goes to Rome, which leaves the beautiful countryside and a long history of viticulture under the shadow of this eternal city. Since the Etruscans, viticulture is practised in Lazio, and later the fertile hinterland supplied mainly the capital of the Roman Empire, including the predecessor of today’s Frascati. Lazio wine region is famous for white wine production using grape varieties of Trebbiano, Malvasia di Candia and Malvasia Puntinata.
White wines from Lazio wine region are light, crispy and dry and designated to be consumed young.
First and foremost, white wine is produced here, the most famous is the Frascati from the Castelli Romani near Rome and the Est! Est !! Est !!! both produced from Trebbiano and Malvasia. Orvieto may also be produced here, as a small part of the area, Orvieto extends to Lazio.
The famous Est! Est !! Est !!! was formerly won from Moscato Bianco and was probably sweet. Today’s white wine is produced from Procanico, the small-berry variety of Trebbiano Toscano, Roscetto and Malvasia and expanded as secco, dry.
Some promising Cuvées from Cabernet and Merlot show that the climate and soil of Latium is also quite suitable for the cultivation of red wines. In addition to the metropolis of Rome, the romantic town of Frascati is certainly a tourist attraction with many small taverns and pretty sights.
The legend of Est! Est!! Est!!! This unusual name of the wine derives from a legend, according to which in 1111 Henry V of Franconia was travelling to Rome to receive the crown together with Johannes Defuk, wine-lover bishop. Bishop sent one of his servants ahead to find the inn with the best wine and write “Est”(There is) on the wall as a sign. In Montefiascone servant was extremely overwhelmed by local wine that he wrote “Est” three times with exclamation marks. Later when a mission in Rome finished bishop went back Montefiascone and stayed there for the rest of his life. You can still discover his grave in San Flaviano church with an inscription: “For too much Est! here lies dead, my lord Johannes Defuk.”
In total, around 200 varieties are approved for the local wineries production in wine region of Lazio. Many of them are descendants of ancient grape varieties, but only a dozen matters. The most important red varieties are Sangiovese and Montepulciano. For the ancient Cesanese even own DOC zones were established.
Malvasia Bianca di Candia
Tannin-rich, deep colour reds
A few kilometres east of the Castelli Romani is the red wine in the centre of the cultivation. Around the wine-growing village of Piglio, Cesanese produces tannin-rich, fragrant wines of deep colour that can be stored in bottles for several years. There are several flavours, but the DOCG Cesanese del Piglio is considered the best.
Wineries With Open Cellar Door
Once visiting Lazio, it is must to visit the countryside of the region and discover its rural paradise. Here you will find a list of wineries in Lazio wine region with open cellar door and great hospitality.
Azienda Agricola Ciucci
Azienda Agricola Ciucci
On The Path of Ancient Romans
Guide to off the beaten tracks of Lazio!
First, Let The Road Lead to Rome
“All road lead to Rome!”
Proverb from medieval Latin. in 1175 French theologian and poet Alain de Lille rendered it as “mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam” meaning a thousand roads lead men forever to Rome. Which still remains true event after centuries.
Since it does not need the 500th description for the Colosseum or other typical sights in Rome, in the following insider tips are listed that offer a different view of Rome.
Many forget that Rome is built on 7 hills, one of which is Avetin, which has much to offer: for example, the orange garden, from whose terrace you have a great view. The Basilica of Saint Sabina is also worth seeing, as the Romanesque church is already very old and still looks very original. On the highest point of the Avetin, there is the Maltese Monastery and its church. Look through a keyhole of the large green gate of “Buco di Roma”. This famous keyhole offers a glimpse of the Dome of St. Peter framed by garden hedges.
Worthwhile is also the Cimitero Acattolico, which, even if it is a cemetery- is a real gem. Here many personalities are buried who did not belong to the Catholic Church, including many painters, writers, and ambassadors from other countries. Goethe’s son also found his last resting place here.
Do you love ruins? Then off to the Caracalla ancient thermal baths! These are not far from the pyramid and invite you on a journey into the old, bathing Rome. The area is large, which is not surprising given the former splendour of the thermal building – up to 2000 people found a place in the warm and cold pools at that time.
Viterbo – the medieval town
The medieval city of Viterbo is still very well preserved despite bombardments during the Second World War. Characteristic of the city are the meter-high, with towers reinforced city walls that still completely surround the old center.
Viterbo also bears the title “Città dei Papi” – the “City of Popes”: In the 13th century, the papal residence was published for eight popes (or 24 years) from Rome to Viterbo.
From the museum complex, Via San Lorenzo leads to the most beautiful part of Viterbo, the Quartiere San Pellegrino. The “Pilgrim’s Quarter” takes its name from the location of Viterbo on the Via Francigena pilgrimage route. At the heart of the district are the tiny church of San Pellegrino and the square of the same name on the street of the same name.
Since the Middle Ages, the centuries seem to have passed without a trace; artisan shops and restaurants contribute to their charm.
If you are in Viterbo, visiting Azienda Agricola Ciucci is a must!
Estate produce agricultural products since 1910. Besides organic wines, they also have extra virgin olive oil production.
You will have a relaxed day out in the winery with panoramic view you don’t want to miss!
Tivoli – where already kings, emperors, and Goethe enjoyed the time
Already at the time of the Romans Tivoli was a popular resort, emperors like Augustus and Hadrian let themselves build stately villas here.
The rich and powerful have always enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere of the area, and it is no coincidence that the word “Tivoli” has become a synonym for “fun park”.
Today, there are three villas that bring visitors from all over the world: Villa d’Este, built in the mid-16th century, Villa Adriana, owned by the Roman emperor Hadrian (both villas have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2001). The third villa, Villa Gregoriana, is famous for its 108m high waterfall and Sibyl’s temple from the 2nd century AD. The gardens of the villas are also highly recommended and invite you to linger in the sunshine.
A landscape riddled with treasures of nature
Apart from many scenic and cultural treasures, Lazio is as well blessed with natural monuments. This is attested by parks and nature reserves such as Lake Turano or the magical garden of Ninfa. In this charming nature, there are paths that lead us into Roman antiquity, and for birdwatchers, there are countless bird species to observe in these parks throughout the year.
The Turano lake – filled with turquoise water
Lake Turano is an artificial lake built in the Forties on the Turano River to produce hydroelectric power. It is located about 80 kilometers from Rome. This lake is characterized by the charming villages and castles on the edge of the lake, as well as by the two nature reserves Monte Navegna and Monte Cervia.
Lake Turano is 536 meters above sea level and has a perimeter of almost 40 kilometres. The special feature of this lake is that it creates a wonderful colour effect with the turquoise waters of the lake, the intense green of the vegetation and the blue sky. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city of Rome and escape to this beautiful place for a few hours.
Giardino Di Ninfa – a magical garden
South of Rome, near the seaside town of Latina, there is a magical place that steals your heart and leaves you speechless. The “Giardino di Ninfa” is a unique garden that stretches over 105 hectares, with breathtaking nature, unique and exotic flora and refreshing watercourses.
The old ruins are embedded in the park, along with new watercourses, springs, and fountains. Exotic plants were planted as well as various types of roses, which make the garden so impressive and charming. Now the garden is often referred to as the most romantic garden in the world.
Tip: Visit the garden in spring, April and May when the flowering season has reached its peak and the mild temperatures allow you to experience it at its best.
Bolsena Lake – a lake with black beaches
Bolsena Lake is another little unknown place, ideal for day trips or short visits. The lake is of volcanic origin what is the reason for its black beaches. One of the nicest ways to discover this beautiful lake is by boat. The water is surprisingly clear and the two small islands inside the lake provide a touch of magic and surprise. A visit to the largest of the two islands, Bisentina, is a good idea. After leaving the ferry, you will find yourself in a romantic landscape, where you can visit seven oratories in various states of decline and an elaborate gothic landscape maintained by the current owner, Prince Giovanni del Drago, an ideal place for a trip Bath or picnic.
What To Eat in Lazio Wine Region?
There is more beyond Carbonara!
The kitchen of Latium, the region around the Italian capital of Rome, is traditional, hearty and down-to-earth. Here, much more than in many other regions of Italy, the traditional cuisine of Italy and Latium has been preserved. At the same time, the kitchen of Lazio and especially the Roman one always integrated as well dishes of other cultures.
Gnocchi alla Romana – the roman style of Gnocchi
Vegetarians should absolutely try the classic “Gnocchi alla Romana”. Do not confuse Gnocchi with the well-known potato dough balls eaten here. This is about a dough made of durum wheat semolina, milk, eggs, butter, and Parmesan and then formed into round slices. After they were cooked, they are sprinkled with plenty of butter and Parmesan and baked yellow-gold in the oven.
Zuppa di Fagioli e Cipolle – a hearty intermediate course
This is a rich stew with beans, onions and hearty pancetta. This is often served as secondi piatti.
Abbacchio allo Scottadito – burning fingers
Mostly on Easter Sunday, the Romans eat the dish “Abbacchio allo Scottadito” – tender lamb chops roasted with typically Meditteranean spices like rosemary, plus a dash of lemon, garlic, and oil. In the Roman dialect, “Abbacchio Scottadito” literally means “little lamb à la burning finger”. The name comes from the fact that these tender lamb chops are eaten so hot that you burn your fingers.
Lets meet at La Ferriera Winery to try local cheese and charcuterie paired with suble wines!
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