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Frascati Wine Road from Rome: Tasting & Lunch

1. Frascati Wine Road from Rome: Tasting & Lunch

Your guide will meet you as you arrive at Frascati train station. Once introductions are made, your local guide and sommelier will lead you on a walking tour of the shops and botteghe in Frascati, tasting local specialties all along the way including revered local delicacies such as roasted pork (porchetta), biscotti just out of the antique wood fired oven, and jug wine from the oldest bakery and tavern in town. Oldest meaning hundreds of years old yet still adhering to the age old traditions that render their products unlike any other. Be sure to leave plenty of room as the best is yet to come! Transportation will be provided to the Old Frascati Vineyard, a historic and renowned family-owned winery that has been producing wine in the region for seven generations. Explore the grounds together, wandering amongst hand-tended vines, then look inside the 'secret' underground laboratories used to hide persecuted families during world war 2 and used today to store wine. Follow with a guided tasting of each of the winery's products, including Frascati Superiore DOCG white wine, Vagnolo IGP red wine, and Frascati DOC White Wine. Savor the family's extra virgin olive oils paired with a selection of delicious breads. Bid farewell to the winery and swap vineyards for lunch in a hand-picked trattoria featuring the very best cured meats, cheeses, oils, breads, and pasta, and of course - more wine. After lunch and an espresso, wave goodbye to your hosts and head back to Rome.

From Rome: Private Frascati 3-Hour Wine Tasting Tour

2. From Rome: Private Frascati 3-Hour Wine Tasting Tour

Experience the essence of Italy in the hills of the famed Castelli Romani, as you soak up the rich history and enjoy a wine tasting in this tour from Rome. Visit one of the oldest and most beautiful vineyards in the Frascati region. With 160 acres of vines surrounding 17th century architecture and 3rd century caverns lined with French oak barrels, this is a treasure to behold. Let your guide reveal the secrets of traditional winemaking used here from antiquity through to the modern day. Learn how Imperial Rome became the cradle of wine culture and why the Nectar of the Gods went from being a status symbol of the elite to a pleasure enjoyed by all. After enjoying the beauty of the vineyard and learning about the history of the area, take a guided tasting of the specially selected wines, complemented with freshly pressed olive oil and fresh oven-baked bread and other. At the end, head back to Rome full of the sights and tastes of the Italian countryside.

Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour

3. Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour

On this 3.5-hour excursion you’ll head out of Rome with your private driver to the wooded hills of Castelli Romani. The name of the area translates as Roman castles, but in reality it simply refers to a collection of wine-producing hills just southeast of Rome. The tour, priced for a group of up to 4 people, stops at Antico Casale, where you’ll meet the winemaker and then tour the vineyard and cellars. Learn how the wine is produced and maybe even sample a grape fresh off of the vine. After the winery tour, you’ll sit down for a tasting session and sample 3 varieties of wine that are produced here. The first wine you’ll taste is a white Frascati DOCG, which means the wine has its designation of origin guaranteed. The second is a red wine IGP, which has a protected geographical indication. And last but not least, taste a sweet Cannellino wine.  Each wine is paired with a delicious Italian specialty, such as Roman pizza or olive oil, as well as in-season fruits and vegetables from the garden.

From Rome: Roman Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting

4. From Rome: Roman Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting

Experience the essence of Italy in the hills of the famed Castelli Romani, as you soak up the rich history and enjoy a wine tasting in this half-day tour from Rome. Visit one of the oldest and most beautiful vineyards in the Frascati region. With 200 acres of vines surrounding 17th century architecture and 3rd century caverns lined with french oak barrels, this is a treasure to behold. Your guide will reveal the secrets of traditional wine making used here from antiquity through to the modern day. They will explain how Imperial Rome became the cradle of wine culture. And you will also learn why the Nectar of the Gods went from being a status symbol of the elite to a pleasure enjoyed by all. After enjoying the beauty of the vineyard and learning about the history of the area, we get to the really fun part. A guided tasting of Pallavicini’s specially selected wines, complemented with freshly pressed olive oil and fresh oven-baked bread. At the end of the day you will be able to head back to Rome full of the sights and tastes of the Italian countryside.

From Rome: Castelli Romani Vineyard and Wine Tastings Tour

5. From Rome: Castelli Romani Vineyard and Wine Tastings Tour

Castelli Romani, or Roman Castles, is an idyllic winemaking area just outside of Rome. While it's name hints at an abundance of medieval fortifications, what you will find is actually a collection of 13 picturesque towns in the Alban Hills, punctuated by volcanic lakes and secluded valleys. After pickup in a limousine from your hotel in Rome, head to the villages of Frascati and Grottaferrata. Wander the cobblestone streets, replete with all the trappings of stunningly-preserved medieval towns for a perfect start to your day trip. Afterwards, continue on to the Santa Benedetta winery for a tour and wine tasting session. Learn about the estate’s history as a former convent, and learn about the winemaking traditions that have been passed down by generations of the Benedetti family. Spend your afternoon enjoying three of the estate's finest wines alongside a selection of regional delicacies, namely extra virgin olive oil from the winery, bruschetta, pane de Lariano, cheeses, and cured meats. After relaxing at the estate, enjoying the wine, food, and great company, your guide will drive you back to your accommodation in Rome.

Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

6. Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a unique half-day tour from Rome that will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens. Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the Papal summer retreat since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace. On this tour, you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in the language of your choice. Following this, you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa, before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce from the palace farm! If you have not already done so, you will have the chance to add a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with your fantastic guide onto your experience, in which case, upon your return to Rome, you will be dropped off right outside the Vatican.

Rome: Private Wine Tour and Pasta Making Class in a Winery

7. Rome: Private Wine Tour and Pasta Making Class in a Winery

On this 5-hour excursion, you will head out of Rome with a private driver to the wooded hills of Castelli Romani. The name of the area translates to "Roman Castles", but in reality it simply refers to a collection of wine-producing hills just southeast of Rome. The tour, priced for a group of up to 4 people, stops at Antico Casale, where you’ll meet the winemaker and then tour the vineyard and cellars. At the winery, you can learn how the wine is produced, and maybe even sample a grape fresh off of the vine. This tour also includes an amazing culinary experience, and you will be welcomed by a professional chef who will teach you how to cook traditional Italian pasta. Following your winery tour, you will sit down for a tasting session, sampling 3 varieties of wine that are produced in this region. The first wine you’ll taste is a white Frascati DOCG, which means the wine has its designation of origin guaranteed. The second is a red wine IGP, which has a protected geographical indication. Last but not least, you will taste a sweet Cannellino wine. Each wine is paired with a delicious Italian specialty, such as Roman pizza or Minardi olive oil, as well as in-season fruits and vegetables from the garden

Frascati Food & Wine: Full-Day Rome Countryside Tour

8. Frascati Food & Wine: Full-Day Rome Countryside Tour

Your full-day food and wine tour begins at 10:00 AM when your driver will pick you up at your hotel (please contact the tour operator once you book as the departure time can change). On the road to the Castelli Romani area, learn about the Frascati region: its history, traditions, and wine designation. Visiting the first location you will have the first taste of 2/3 different local wines , visit one of the producers in the area, learn about the ancient wine traditions that date back to Roman times. Your driver will show the Abbazia of San Nilo, have a little break from the wine tasting, learn about Frascati town, and visit Castel Gandolfo, overlooking the volcanic lake and also the beautiful village of Nemi. Second tasting will be with a different producer, with some food tasting as well.

Rome: Wine Tasting and Pizza Making Class at a Vineyard

9. Rome: Wine Tasting and Pizza Making Class at a Vineyard

Depart from Rome with your private driver and head to the wooded hills of Castelli Romani. Arrive at Antico Casale and meet the vineyard’s winemaker. Enjoy a tour of the cellars and vineyard and learn about how wine is produced. After you tour, meet the vineyard’s chef, who will conduct a pizza-making class. Learn how to make a traditional Italian pizza, which you’ll get to taste after the class. While at the vineyard, enjoy a wine tasting of local wines.

Frascati & Castelli Romani Private Wine Tour from Rome

10. Frascati & Castelli Romani Private Wine Tour from Rome

A very interesting fact about this area in the Lazio region, the ancient town of Tusculum - now Frascati - is that the archeological discoveries demonstrate the cultivation of grapes for wine since the 5th century B.C. It was one of the preferred wines of Ancient Rome, Renaissance Popes, poets and artists visiting in the Grand Tour 1700s and 1800s, and of the La Dolce Vita generation in the 1960s. The Frascati DOC/DOCG area is located in the heart of the Castelli Romani, Tuscolum and Albani Hills south of Rome, and north of Lake Albano. Through a private car transfer (which takes about 45 minutes each way), you will arrive at your destination in the Frascati area, where you will meet your guide for the tour. During this experience you'll walk in the vineyards where the history of the Frascati wine begins. From the vineyards, you'll then be guided inside the winery to explore the wine cellar and learn about the particular production techniques characteristic of this unique wine. A guided wine tasting will follow, during which time you will taste different varieties of wines accompanied by typical local products.

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What people are saying about Castelli Romani

Overall rating

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based on 713 reviews

The words FABULOUS & FANTASTIC are not even close to how myself & my friends can describe our experience at the St. Benedetta Vineyard.... The whole day was an amazing experience from the collection at our hotel by our fabulous driver Vladimir all the way through our tour of this beautiful & breath taking vineyard hosted by it's proud owners Alberto & his son Antonio.... Afterwards we sat in their beautiful gardens surrounded by the wonderful colours & scents from the flowers & herbs everywhere & sampled 4 absolutely DELICIOUS wines accompanied by some extremely tasty local foods. We cannot thank Antonio & Alberto enough for this wonderful experience & can assure them that we will certainly be back..... we would recommend this to anyone considering a visit to Rome. You do not have to be a Wine Drinker to enjoy this Day. A special thanks also to Vladimir who was a great guide & brought us into Frescati where we all enjoyed a truly delicious Italian Gelato!

I have been on plenty of winetours all over the world and this has been one of my favourites to date! Our guide Paoula was so pleasant and informative. The views over the vineyards are stunning. The whole experience was so relaxed and we were not rushed after the wine tasting session. A great change from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Max our tour guide in Frascati town was a breath of fresh air... highly entertaining. I would highly recommend this wine tour.

The entire experience was outstanding! A beautiful vineyard, wine house and lunch in town, Paola and her family take great pride in their family business and is so knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour for anyone. I loved it. I am having 2 cases shipped home!!

Antonio the guide, was excellent. He took time to not only show us the property, but give us lessons on how to grade the wine and enjoy it. The food was excellent, wine was great, left with 12 bottles. Highly recommend!

It was really value for money. Interesting to hear about the winemaking, and VERY nice to be shown around the city. So charming town. The guide really managed to create a great atmosphere.