So you have decided to go to Latium whose capital is none other than Rome, the capital of Italy. A great Italian author once wrote, “Roma, non basta una vita,” which translates as Rome, a single lifetime is not enough. This is not the place to herald Rome’s more than numerous attractions. Not to be a wet blanket, many Italians claim that most Romans will drink just about anything, so you have to be careful when choosing a local wine. However, many local winemakers are working very hard to bring Latium wines back to former days of glory and you might be very pleased to taste some of their offerings.
In their day the Roman emperors ruled the world. For a peek into their lives visit Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) northeast of Rome. The gardens are breathtaking. Then drop in the Villa d’Este for an idea of how the Cardinals lived during the Sixteenth Century. You should visit Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient seaport that was abandoned when the Tiber River changed its course. It has been extensively restored. The Etruscans once were powerful, especially north of Rome. Cerveteri about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Rome features a great necropolis whose tombs cover some 500 years. Then continue about the same distance to Tarquinia for more tombs and a museum that focuses on, you guessed it. Do you need a change of pace? Head east to Viterbo whose medieval district San Pellegrino is worth seeing. Then stop by Enoteca La Torre an expensive restaurant with one of Italy’s finest wine cellars. Or visit one of Italy’s oldest restaurants Tre Re that’s been in the city center since 1622.
The major white varieties are Trebbiano and Malvasia. Red varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and the local Cesane. Given the volcanic soils in the Alban Hills south of Rome, the area may be producing some mighty fine wines. Look for them.
Companies selling wine tours of Latium include Wine In Tour, Select Italy, Dolce Rome Personal Shopper, and Incoming Rome. Latium wineries that accept visits include Casale del Giglio in Le Ferriere, Falesco in Montefiascone associated with Agriturismo Pomele, and Cantina Sant’andrea in Borgo Vodice. A few words of warning are in order. Make sure that you check ahead of time for opening hours and whether English is spoken. Some places may charge admission; others may expect you to buy some of their products.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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