I’ve been on a Frascati kick lately. The spring is here, finally, it is heating up, and I am working hard in my garden, so I like to enjoy a crisp Frascati at dinner most nights. Now is the perfect time to show guests on a wine tour in Rome what our region has to offer! Tenuta di Pietra Porzia makes one of my favorite go-to table wines. It has an interesting name that evokes the pre-Roman history of the area. The image on the label depicts the Dioscuri, the twins sons of Zeus. The name refers not only to the ancient history, but to the terroir of the area. One of my favorite things to discuss during a wine tour is the culture and history of each wine region, and so, to find a vineyard with such a depth of history is, well, just fabulous!
The Castelli Romani is most well known as an agriculturally rich area due to the now extinct volcanoes that gave the area its mineral rich soils. The Regillo Frascati certainly does not disappoint those who want to taste the minerality in their wines.
Before the hills of Rome were finally assimilated by the Romans, a group of people known as the Latins held on for as long as possible to their lands and way of life. But it was not to be. Anyone familiar with ancient history knows that one can never escapes ones fate. Rome had the hand of the gods on their side.
According to their website:
496 a.C, in a large amphitheatre with the lake Regillo in the middle, an hard battle took place between Romans and Latinos; in the crucial moment, descended from the sky the Dioscuri, the two twins born by Jupiter, and led the Romans to triumph!