The Pontine Marshes - A New Land for an Ancient Wine.
In 1878 J.W. Goethe visited the Agro Pontino area and even wrote about it in his book 'The Italian Journey'.
You will travel south from Rome along a route that until the late 1920's was mostly marshland, but thanks to an ambitious project by Mussolini this vast area - stretching from Anzio to Terracina and from the coast inland towards the Lepini Mountains - developed into the thriving agricultural community of today. In Roman times, around 400 BC, the local tribes (Volsci) inhabiting the area agreed to supply grain to Rome during a severe famine. These days the main highway carries the Summer crowd to the coast, and the fruit and vegetables to Rome.
The vineyard is one of the largest in our portfolio with an impressive range of wines made from local and international grape varieties. It is fascinating to experience the uniquely acquired characteristics of well-known grape varieties that have adapted to Lazio's soils and climate. You will have a full estate tour of vineyards and cellars, followed by a private tasting of 7 premium wines, accompanied by light buffet of local cured ham, sheep cheeses, rustic bread, extra virgin olive oil and mineral water.
For lunch you can choose an informal take-away at a delicious delicatessen surrounded by sunflower fields or a traditional lunch in a local country tavern serving typical cuisine. After lunch we proceed inland towards the dramatic Lepini Mountains, gradually ascending the hillside to our second vineyard, a family run, totally organic production, still employing various traditional methods for their autochthonous and revived ancient grape varieties. There will be a guided visit of the wine cellars followed by a tasting of at least 3 wines accompanied by light buffet of similar cold meats and cheeses. We are always warmly greeted by the owners personally if they are on site. At the conclusion of the tasting and when you are ready, we return to Rome.
If you would like to arrange lunch at the vineyard please get in touch via the contact form, giving at least one weeks notice.
Key grape varieties on this tour
Whites - Bellone, Biancolella di Ponza, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon, Viognier
Reds - Cesanese, Montepulciano, Nero Buono di Cori, Petit Verdot, Tempranijo
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