More information on Castelli Romani

Located just outside Italy’s capital, Castelli Romani is a wine-producing area made up of different small towns scattered around the Alban hills. As the name suggests, during your time in the area of Castelli Romani you will be able to visit various wineries and enjoy wine tastings surrounded by fascinating old castles and medieval towns.

Your wine tastings in Castelli Romani will surely include the local appellation, Castelli Romani DOC (which includes three types of white wine, three types of rosé wine and four types of red wine) as well as other appellations from the nearby areas. As viticulture in this area boomed with the expansion of Rome in the 16th century, during your time in Castelli Romani you will have the opportunity to visit some historical wineries and dive into their secular winemaking traditions.

Which food to taste in Castelli Romani?

Between a visit to a winery and the other, we recommend stopping for lunch in a fraschetta, the typical inns of the area, to enjoy some hearty traditional Roman cuisine. Some iconic dishes that we suggest trying in Castelli Romani are artichokes “alla romana”, bucatini all’Amatriciana, coda alla Vaccinara, porchetta di Arriccia, ciambelle al vino.

Which wines to taste in Castelli Romani?

Thanks to the rich and fertile volcanic soil present throughout the Alban hills, the area surrounding Castelli Romani boasts in total seven DOC and two DOCG appellations, some of which you will have the opportunity to taste in your wine tastings. During your winery visits, you will come across the main grape varieties used in the area, which are Malvasia, Trebbiano Toscano, Cesanese, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Merlot.

Which is the best season to visit Castelli Romani?

To be able to enjoy various wine tastings and winery visits in Castelli Romani, we recommend visiting the area either spring or early autumn when the weather is mild and the days are mostly sunny. Even though many Romans move to this area during summer to escape the muggy weather of the capital, temperatures can still reach around 35 degrees.

What things to do in Castelli Romani?

The territory of Castelli Romani offers several wonderful activities besides visiting its wineries and tasting its wines. Some of the area’s highlights include the town of Frascati and its Villa Aldobrandini, Castel Gandolfo and its Ville Pontificie, the lakes of Nemi and Albano, Grottaferrata and its abbey.