In many of the great vineyards of Burgundy one will see small round huts called Cabottes. Often disregarded, these unique pieces of architecture not only served a practical purpose but also often provided a particular clos (cloistered vineyard) with a wonderful architectural element to make for an even more appealing visage. Half art half shed this building […]
are the hill towns and villages perfect for Rome winery tours approx. 20km South East of Rome, many of them with an ancient history (often older than Rome!) and with a rich offering of local food and many great wines. These hill towns are located in the Alban Hills (Colli Albani), a landscape created by volcanic activity approx. 250.000 years ago. One enormous volcanic eruption left a massive crater about 25 km in diameter (now Pratoni del Vivaro), followed by smaller eruptions. After the extinction of the volcanoes the craters in some cases filled with water and have become magnificent crater lakes, two of which are still visible as Albano and Nemi. Other have been dried by Romans to get excellent soil to grow grapes for their wines.
Castelli Romani wines and wineries
Wines are part of the Italian culinary traditions, and Castelli Romani has been historically the area where Rome got their wines. The area produces mainly white wines, which each family used to produce for their own use and for sale. Still today the majority of wine producers are families with small production of white wines, sold bottled or distributed in Rome as “vino dei castelli”. Families also produce red wines, but it is strictly for their use and to drink with their (good) friends.