A desperate Roman Consul decided to escape the chaos of Rome and chose this area - not only did he find calming landscapes but also the wonderful grape Nero Buono di Cori!
Forget about Chianti, Barolo or Amarone....Nero Buono di Cori is a red wine all of its own. A decisive wine made from vivid deep purple grapes giving dry spicy aromatic notes that pairs perfectly with regional cuisine - rich and hearty dishes of red meats or game and pasta dishes!
SAMPLE ITINERARY: We travel south-east from Rome reaching our first refreshment break at an attractive small hill town, where you will have chance for a 'second breakfast'. From there the route to the vineyard takes us through a picturesque undulating landscape of farmland, sheep farms, fruit tree plantations such as apricots, olive groves and grape vines.
After your relaxing drive through this attractive landscape, at the foot of the Lepini mountains you will be welcomed to the vineyard and led on a guided walk through the vines, the cellar and then on to the tasting, which takes place inside an imposing Futurist structure that wouldn't look out of place in a James Bond movie. You will be sampling at least 4 of their wines (all organic) accompanied by light buffet of typical cured ham, cheeses and rustic bread with extra-virgin olive oil.
For lunch there are two restaurant options depending upon your choice of historical site for your afternoon activity.
One is based on the Roman era where you will visit the remains of a Roman temple and have a private guided walk of a 'lost city' pre-dating the Romans (founded circa 7th century BC) with stunning views over the valley. Legend states that it was founded by Hercules or Cyclopes and these ancient myths are often reflected in the names given to the wines, uniting local history and agriculture in a unique way.
The other is based on the Medieval era where you will have a guided visit of a tiny hill village that seems to be right out of one of Grimm's fairytales complete with one of Latium's imposing fortress castles perched at the highest point from where one can observe the entire valley and lower-lying surrounding villages. Both of these locations are extremely popular with paragliders.
During the day there may be chance for an impromput purchase of some wonderful sheep cheese from a family-run artisan cheese maker. Time permitting we may get chance to visit both the Roman and Medieval sites.
Key grape varieties on this tour
White - Bellone, Greco Moro
Reds - Cesanese, Nero Buono di Cori, Montepulciano.
CORI - SERMONETA