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Sharing Lazio with Friends

28 May

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Last weekend friends from Holland came to Rome and we took them on an excursion to Latina. I think Natasha’s photo sums up a Lazio experience. Culture, wine, food and fun.

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Top 9 Wine Bars in Rome

8 May

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite enoteche (wine bars) in Rome

Check it out on our blog

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Natural Wine in Italy

25 Mar

I admit I am a “naturalist”

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Vej is my favorite wine at the moment. It tastes like sunshine in a bottle. It is alive, delicious and unique. It is made from Malvasia grapes and macerated with the skins. Only ambient yeasts are used. No sulphites added!

If you want to taste natural Italian wine please contact us. We can organize a fun tasting.

Umbria for winelovers

11 Mar
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Feb 15th Master Tasting led by Patrick Farrell MD MW, a really great taster and a wonderful person.

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Pasta with black truffles

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Wonderful wine from Castello delle Regine at dinner

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Montefalco-birthplace of the Sagrantino grape

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Montefalco for art lovers-Perugino

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Tenuta CastelBuono

Montefalco Rosso

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Sagrantino di Montefalco from Tenuta CastelBuono

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Gothic Cathedral in Orvieto

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Umbrian sunset

Castello della sala

Castello della sala

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Dinner at Castello della Sala

Last month I had the honor of joining a fantastic group of #winelovers for the first anniversary of the founding of the group #winelover.  Although I could not make the entire conference, I was able to join from the 15th to the 17th in which time I got a better understanding of the Umbrian wine industry.  I started with the master tasting led by Master of Wine Patrick Farrell MD where we tasted wines made from both Umbrian grapes and international grapes.  I found that the wines made native grapes expressed the terroir much better than the international grapes. Riesling in Umbria makes no sense to me.  But it seems that in Umbria, the fashion is to dig up vineyards of Umbrian grapes and plant the typical grapes like Chardonnay, and strangely, Riesling.  I do have strong opinions about this, which I will publish on my wine blog at a later date.  Suffice to say that the best wines of Umbria were those where tradition is valued.  Sagrantino is a wonderful grape that makes age worthy wines that I want to drink for years to come.

On Saturday we had winery visits which also included towns such as Montefalco and Orvieto.  Umbria is a great place to visit in Italy because it has a wonderful food and wine tradition but also has great cultural wealth, both in the modern -like the Tenuta CastelBuono winery-and the ancient.  From Etruscan to Roman to Gothic to today, I think Umbria is a perfect location for those who want to combine cultural experiences with food and wine experiences.   Truffles.  That is all I need to say.  Overall, I really great experience that helped me understand Umbrian wine and culture more. We’ve just added a food, wine and culture excursion to Orvieto from Rome.  My advice?  Skip Tuscany and enjoy Umbria.

A Visit to Marco Carpineti Vineyard and Cantina in Cori

12 Feb
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Visit the gorgeous Bellone vineyards in Cori with Paolo Carpineti

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Imagine wine tasting in the warmer months surrounded by gorgeous scenery in Cori

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View from the wine tasting room at Marco Carpineti

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atmospheres

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Touring the wine making facilities

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Tasting Marco Carpineti wines with Paolo Carpineti

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Their passito wine, Ludum, made from 100% Arciprete grapes

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Nero Buono

During our wine and cultural excursion from Rome to Sermoneta and Cori, we visit the Marco Carpineti winery in Cori to taste their wines and have a homemade lunch.  We will first tour the cantina and vineyards where we will learn about the hard work that goes into producing wine.  This winery is special not only because they maintain an organic vineyard, but also because they are making an effort to use only native grapes. These are grapes that are local to the region such as Nero Buono and Bellone.  Thousands of people make an effort to make day trips to Tuscany from Rome, but we suggest trying something new and unique that is a shorter distance from Rome, which you give you time to visit more places and really enjoy your wine and food tasting experience.

Video Visit to Marco Carpieti

Vineyards in the Castelli Romani Near Rome

26 Jan
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Castelli Romani Vineyards

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Great walk and excursion from Rome-to the Castelli Romani

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Lone Olive Tree-Throughout the winemaking world, olive trees and grapevines seem to have a symbiatoic relationship.

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Vineyards and Olive Trees Grow Near an Extinct Volcano

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Olive Groves and Vineyards in the Castelli Romani

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Dogs like it too!

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Vineyards in the Castelli Romani

Though it is winter, on sunny days a walk through the vineyards is a lovely experience.  The Castelli Romani is full of vineyards and olive groves that have fed and “watered” Rome for centuries.  The Castelli Romani is a group of hilltop villages near surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and fields with sheep and are a perfect wine tasting and cultural excursion from Rome.

If you are interested in a private excursion from Rome that includes wine tasting and visiting towns outside Rome,  please contact us at info@antiquatours.com

or check us out at Antiqua Tours

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Nemi-Day Trip from Rome, Castelli Romani

10 Jan

Nemi-Day Trip from Rome, Castelli Romani

We are dreaming about Nemi and the mysteries of the Lake today. Nemi is the perfect town to end a wine tasting excursion from Rome in the Castelli Romani

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