With Spring in full swing and the center of Rome getting hotter, what could be more pleasant than a trip to the Campagna? ‘Cantine Aperte’ (Open Cellars) will be holding its Spring Edition on the weekend of the 30th and 31st of May.
This is an event that sees many Cellars in regions all over Italy opening to the public to host special events and tastings, usually with nominal fees and with the possibility of having lunch and snacks on site. Your closest wine region is Frascati, just in case you didn’t already know (Really?! you haven’t been drinking Rome’s oldest favourite wine while you are here?). Six Frascati wine cellars will be open (Casale Marchese, Cantina Bio De Sanctis, Casale Vallechiesa, Tenuta di Pietra Porzia, Az. Merumalia and Tenuta Le Quinte – see here for addresses and details).
Frascati DOC, Superiore DOCG and Cannellino DOCG are the three denominations of the area (all whites) and the cellars also have excellent reds to offer. For more information about the grapes and wines, you can look at this page of the EasyFrascati blog or visit the Frascati Consortium of Protection’s website.
If you have never been to a Wine Estate near Frascati you will be surprised how much unspoilt land and how many wonderful rolling hills covered with vineyards there are, just a few kilometres from the center of Rome. Rome’s Wine Country is the only place on earth that has vineyards with a view of St. Peter’s, and it wasn’t by chance that both the nobility of Ancient Rome and then of the Renaissance and Baroque periods all chose Frascati as there favourite destination for Otium and to avoid the sweaty City in the summer months.
By Michelle Smith, author of the EasyFrascati blog