|Malvasia Puntinata is an indigenous Lazio wine grape|
To celebrate the redesign of our website that focuses on Rome and Lazio wine, food and culture, I've put together a new Top 9 post on my favorite wines from Lazio. We are now offering new wine tours and excursions which focus on the enogastronomic and cultural treasures of Lazio. Lazio has a abundance of indigenous grape varieties, unique terroir and an incredible amount of culture. We have a Lazio Wine Seminar and new excursions from Rome, including a visit to a very unique natural wine producer. Here are my picks. Please check out the new website and let us know what you think.
|Olevano Romano is a short drive from Rome and offers history, wine and great food|
|The Cesanese wine grape is indigenous to Lazio|
Top 9 Wine Picks from Lazio
- La Visciola- This biodynamic producer makes my favorite Cesanese del Piglio. They produce a few different bottles from small plots of land. The entire production is tiny! If you want to experience the essence of Piglio and especially the Cesanese grape, choose their wine. Natural wine enthusiasts will not be disappointed. They are very low intervention in the cellar and use ambient yeast for fermentation. The wines are well made, structured and in some cases improve with age. If you love “Orange wine” try the Donna Rosa. It is made from Passerina Frusinate and had skin contact for 12 hours. No website available.
- Damiano Ciolli-He produces two wines, both made from the Cesanese grape. The Silene is the simpler of the two and perfectly expresses the wine grape. The fermentation occurs in cement tanks. Since 2011, Damiano Ciolli has completely abandoned barriques and is now aging the more “important” Cirsium in large oak barrels. His wines are more refined than most wines of the area and express the volcanic origin of the soil, as well as the potential of the Cesanese.
- Castel de Paolis-If you had to pick one of the many producers of Frascati Superiore, Castel de Paolis would be a good choice. They produce what I consider to be the benchmark Frascati against which all other Frascati should be measured. They are aromatic, fresh and express the volcanic soil from which the vines grow.
- Le Coste-Gian Marco is a radical wine grower, a true vigneron, and Lazio's answer to the natural wine movement not only because his wines are so different but because of the deeply personal philosophy from which they are born.No website available.
- Sergio Mottura-Makes a beautiful range of fresh and mineral whites made from 100% Grecchetto. They are elegant and often have saline notes as well as wonderful mineral tones. The wines are very well balanced and quite food-friendly. The cellar is dug out of volcanic tuff stone, which explains the high levels of minerals in the wines.
- Marco Carpineti-I love that this organic winery in Cori grows only indigenous grapes. I am especially fond of their whites and the passito, Ludum, which is made from 100% Arcipreti (bellone) wine grapes.
- Falesco-I quite enjoy their methodo classico brut sparkling made from 100% Roscetto wine grapes. Roscetto is a rare, low yielding wine grape from Northern Lazio that almost went extinct and has traditionally been used as part of the blend for the historically interesting wine Est! Est!! Est!!! This lovely spumante has classic bread and toast aromas as well as mineral, fruit and floral notes. It's a lovely spumante to start a celebratory dinner with.
- Fiorano- The greatest white wines ever made, and I have had a few now. I can say they produce some of the best (and more elusive) wines I have ever tasted. Good luck ever finding any, production from the original prince stopped in 1995. The Tenuta di Fiorano is now making wines, but reviews are mixed.
- Roèt-The 100% Malvasia Puttinata, made by Roberto and Ettore, is a true vino contadino I drink almost every day. Each sip reminds me that wine has its roots in the land and that sometimes we wine people need to take a breath and relax. Wine snobs should stay clear; this recommendation is for true lovers of natural farm wines.