The region surrounding Rome
Lazio: hetereogenous viticultural areas with a millennary tradition
Lying in the heart of the peninsula, with Rome at its core, Lazio is the second largest region in central Italy.
Characterized by a complex morphology shaped by the presence of ancient volcanoes in the pre-Apennine belt, and an equally fragmented culture deriving from the numerous populations that inhabited the region even before the birth of the Roman civilization, Lazio also boasts an extremely diversified gastronomic and viticultural heritage. The vast vineyard surface, which stretches from the Apennine to the coast, houses over 84 native varieties, and a healthy share of international grapes.
Unfortunately, this incredible potential hasn’t always been exploited: exorbitantly high demand for cheap and unpretentious wine in the Roman market has always caused producers to have little or no interest in making quality wine.
Most wineries across the region only started improving farming and winemaking practices between the late 1990s and early 2000s. Luckily, the change of pace has been rather fast in the last few years: nowadays Lazio houses a good number of producers who are capable of highlighting biodiversity, usually producing small volumes of very distinctive wine.