Did you know Italy boasts 355 varieties of grapes which are native to the country? In the not-always-so-friendly competition with France, Italy wins hands down regarding the number of labels produced in the 20 different Italian regions. Each region has several very famous wines, and the Italian landscape is dotted with vineyards, while almost every small town offers some outstanding winery. Today, we’ll head to the wine region located just south of Rome, the Alban Hills.
Being a volcanic area, the fertile soil was soon discovered to be perfect for growing vine, and has been “Rome’s vineyard” since ancient Roman days. A drive of about 45 minutes from the city centre will take us to Lake Albano, a lovely volcanic crater lake at the foot of Monte Cavo. Overlooking the turquoise water of the lake, the small village of Castelgandolfo is the site of the Apostolic Palace, the Pope’s summer residence since 1605. We’ll explore this charming village and enjoy the view, before continuing along the scenic road running around the lake on the rim of the ancient volcano: wonderful views, lakes, chestnut woods, vineyards, picturesque little villages… Generations of artists have celebrated the beauty of the Alban Hills. The area comprises 13 small villages, known as Castelli Romani, the Roman Castles, since most of them have a medieval castle or fortress to grace their centre.
The best known town is Frascati, after which the dry white wine which is typical of this area is named. Arriving in Frascati, the vista opens onto a beautiful square, with a spectacular viewpoint dominating the plain where Rome is located. On a clear day, in the distance you can even spot the dome of St. Peter’s rising above the line of the horizon. Frascati used to be a well-known summer retreat for the cardinals of the Papal court in bygone days, and many impressive residences still dot the countryside around the town. Villa Aldobrandini, dating back to the late 1500’s, is the most famous landmark on the town’s piazza.
But Frascati is supremely popular because of the many “fraschette”, the rustic wineries serving cold cuts and simple but delicious dishes. And that’s where we’ll enjoy our wine tasting experience! My favourite sommelier will give us an introduction to local wines: Frascati and Marino are the best known, but the DOC labels of the area include Colli Lanuvini, Colli Albani, Castelli Romani, Velletri. Frascati Superiore has a bright straw color with a strong flowery smell and a dry sapid flavor; it is best served chilled, aside the traditional cold cuts platters (prosciutto, salami and cheese) and porchetta (roast sucking-pig with herbs). We’ll try 3 wines with a choice of local food, and you’ll soon understand why the Alban Hills are so popular with food and wine lovers!
This tour is very relaxing and a real treat after some days spent sightseeing in Rome.
The tour rate includes your private guide and headsets if necessary (groups of more than 8), as well as a limo/van service for the entire tour. Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your accomodation.
The wine tasting includes 3 wines and a selection of local food (cold platter and various appetizers).
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Cost guideline – What’s included
|Duration of tour||1-3 people (limo)||4-6 people (van)|
|Up to 5 hours||525,00 EUR||600,00 EUR|
|+ wine tasting experience||XXX EUR PER PERSON|
- For larger groups, I’ll be happy to send you a quote.
- The tour rate includes your private guided tour + private driver and the wine tasting experience as stated in description. Pick up will be at your accomodation, provided it is in the city centre.
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