We now grow eight different grape varieties on our estate. These include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Plus the typical Italians – the well-known Sangiovese as well as the now almost forgotten Aleatico. Uncharacteristic of Lazio is Tannat, which grows in our vineyards. The Mediterranean climate is highly beneficial to these usually late ripening varieties. The last mentioned three are presented here briefly.
Sangiovese is a natural hybrid of a Calabrian and a Tuscan variety, which is found all over Italy. Sangiovese is a late ripening variety and remains on the vine for a long time, which is why it cannot be cultivated at higher altitudes. Typical flavours are sour cherry, cloves and prunes. The wines have prominent acidity and good tannin content. They mature well and over a long period in the bottle.
Aleatico is an ancient Italian variety, whose origins in either Greece or Tuscany are subject to speculation. This small-berried grape is certainly among the typical old varieties in Lazio and is wonderfully spicy. It is often used for the production of dessert wines. Its characteristic and pronounced bouquet is of nutmeg.
Tannat comes originally from Hungary and is grown mainly in the southwest of France today. This variety produces very deep-coloured wines, which have a pronounced tannin structure and well-integrated acidity, due to which they age well. The flavour is fruity and spicy with a bouquet of plums and dark forest berries.