THE WINE TOUR
The wine estate is an interesting and unique place to visit: within easy reach from the Eternal City and blessed by a vast panoramic view surrounded by green fields, lush vineyards and olive groves. This is the area where the ancient Romans loved to come to rest and play. The visit also takes you into the Grotto excavated at a depth of 40 metres into the hill under the Casale. Here some of the wines are laid to age and mature.
Tasting is then performed within the Grotto layout, and supervised by one of the proprietors (expert sommelier), who will provide a personal and detailed description of all his products with flair and good humour. We truly believe this to be a unique and very pleasant experience! of all his products with flair and good humour. We truly believe this to be a unique and very pleasant experience!!
The Estate is a property of an ancient family located in the village of Monte Porzio Catone, on a marvellous hill about 15 Km south of Rome, with beautiful views of the Eternal City. It looks to North/East at an altitude of approximately 350/400 metres, and it is considered to be one of the oldest farms of Castelli Romani area. The Casale was built on the ruins of an ancient dwelling-place, and several books related that it has been the residence of the sister and nephew of Emperor Traiano. It has also been the residence of Avidius Trachalus, tribune and prefect of Court. During the modern age it has also been the residence of many personalities: from the families of Bottai , to Orson Welles and Tyrone Power. In the subsoil of the Casale there are ancient cellars: tufa soil grottoes that extend for a few hundred metres, where the wines are left to mature in perfectly stable natural conditions of temperature and humidity. Hidden in the depths of the cellars there is an ancient altar, with a tabernacle carved into the tufa soil, suggestive early-Christian temple…” The Casale is the central of the property, it is surrounded by a magnificient park and by with 13 hectares of land of volcanic origin, cultivated to vineyards and olive groves. The pride of the estate is the strictly biological cultivation and the selection made by the proprietors of the grape varieties that are grown: Malvasia del Lazio, Grechetto Antico and Chardonnay for whites, and Pinot Nero, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah for reds. The vineyards and the vinification are personally controlled by the proprietors, as well as the quality of the olive trees and the oil production. All this, makes one of the few truly “family-run” operations, that demonstrates in practice how well the highest quality of the products can co-exist with a profound respect for the environment: a philosophy rare to find! An informal traditional meal may also be arranged onsite. Tour may also be combined with a visit to the village of Frascati and other sights of the Roman Castles.