Castelli Romani – Rome winery tours

Posted January 12th, 2017 by Vineyard in Travel

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Castelli Romani

Castelli Romani

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.

The Castelli Romani have a wine tradition twenty three centuries old. Already the Greek and Latin classics testify to the presence of fourteen types of vines that gave birth to twenty seven different wines in the territory crossed by the Via Appia (Antica) and via Latina (currently via Anagnina). Today in Castelli there are seven different D.O.C. denominations both for red and white: Castelli Romani, Colli Albani, Colli Lanuvini, Frascati, Marino, Montecompatri Colonna and Velletri.

 

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