When most people come to Italy on vacation, they think about how much weight they are going to have to lose thereafter. Italy is recognized and assumed to have the world’s best pasta, cheese, pizza, gelato, and most importantly, wine. When most people think of Italian wine, they think of Asti or Chianti. But if you are visiting Rome, you might as well embrace the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Most Italians having dinner or lunch aren’t scrolling down the list looking for an expensive imported wine from Tuscany or Umbria. Instead, many Romans order a Frascati wine or “vino della casa” (house wine), which most of the time comes from the hills just south of Rome (Frascati region). For centuries, Romans would grow and purchase wine from Frascati, and the tradition endures today.. Chianti often outshines Frascati and other Italian wines because there was no need to export it around Italy or the rest of the world. Romans have always provided a healthy market for Frascati, which gives wineries minimal reasons to send bottles abroad.
If you happen to prefer white to red wine, you are in luck! Frascati is predominantly known for its production of white wines. Three types of grapes are used; Malvasia, Trebbiano, and Greco. These grapes are used in many different ratios, varying in sweetness and dryness. Vineyards in this region focus mostly on table wine, served chilled and refreshed. Besides table wines, dessert wines are also produced and they are becoming more and more popular. These dessert wines have a beautiful golden color with a surprisingly mild and pleasant flavor. They tend to be quite strong and overpowering.
Although the Frascati region is mostly known for whites, many vineyards in the hills just outside Rome grow and produce a wide range of red wines as well, in Ariccia and Marino, for example. It is easy to fall in love with red wine from this region, even for the more refined palate.
If you are on vacation in Rome and would like to exchange the chance of city center tourist traps with a beautiful day sipping wine, head over to the Frascati region to explore beautiful vineyards and olive groves. If you are interested in taking a day tour, visit When In Rome Tours. They offer day trips to the Castelli Romani and the Santa Benedetta Roman vineyard. You will taste wine with the actual wine producers, indulge in tasty foods, and do as the Romans do!