Sample sophisticated Frascati wines and the excellence of the Castelli Romani!
Vedi il calor del sol che si fa vino, dentro l'umor che dalla vite cola - Purgatorio XXV Canto. Translated poetically: See the heat of the sun that becomes the wine, within the pulp that flows from the vine.
This itinerary is set around the beautiful Castelli Romani National park and takes in nearly all of the pretty towns dotted around the hillsides. Upon arrival to the area we will refresh ourselves with a 'second breakfast' at the top of one of the hill towns where, on a clear day, you can see Rome. We then travel to our first vineyard through regimented fields of grape vines and olive trees. At the vineyard you will be greeted by the owners and led on a guide walk through the estate grounds, the winery, the cellar (you will be able to observe how one of the volcanoes millennia ago erupted leaving solidified lava behind), and finally to the tasting room. Wines here are all organic and nearly all Frascati DOC or DOCG, and are among the best examples of this crisp, fruity white wine, having given it an unexpected touch of sophistication.
At the end of your tasting we have an attractive drive through several pretty hill towns, through the Castelli Romani National Park and past the famous field where Hannibal (Carthaginian statesman and general) camped with his troops before descending on Rome. We will pass two crater lakes immersed in attractive countryside before reaching your lunch reservation - a fine dining restaurant serving excellent local cuisine and further opportunity to sample other of Lazio's best wines. In the summer we reserve you a table on the outdoor terrace, which overlooks the lake, or in cooler months there are several internal rooms to choose from, one of which is a romantic grotto 'just for two'.
Either before or after your relaxing lunch you'll have a guided tour of neighbouring Castel Gandolfo - traditional summer residence of the Pope, proceeding with a picturesque drive to the second vineyard, where you will be warmly greeted by your personal private guide for a full estate visit, ending this perfect day with a final tasting of truly excellent red and white wines. At the conclusion of the tasting we will return to Rome.
If you would like to arrange lunch at one of the vineyards please get in touch via the contact form, giving at least one weeks notice.
Key grape varieties on this tour
Whites - Malvasia del Lazio, Trebbiano Toscano
Reds - Cesanese, Petit Verdot,
CASTELLI ROMANAI AREA