Lazio accounts for 3% of Italy’s wine production, with white wine comprising 80% of its output.

Rome’s region is intrinsically linked to white wine––to Frascati and Marino and the other golden-hued bianchi of the Castelli Romani, as well as to the fabled Est! Est!! Est!!! from the northern Lazio town of Montefiascone.

The region’s hills benefit from ample sunshine and fertile volcanic soil, which favor Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes.

It may come as a surprise that Lazio’s first DOCG was awarded to the red Cesanese del Piglio. Cesanese, native to the Prenestina and Ciociaria hills southeast of Rome, makes richly flavored dry and sweet reds.

Cabernet and Merlot are the stars of a number of highly praised modern reds of Lazio, which prove that the fortunes of premium wine production are not confined to whites. The region also produces several sweet wines, including Moscato di Terracina and Aleatico di Gradoli.

Common Local Grape Varieties

White Wine:

  • Biancame (Bianchello)
  • Bombino Bianco
  • Malvasia
  • Trebbiano

Red/Rosé Wine:

  • Canaiolo
  • Cesanese
  • Merlot
  • Nero Buono
  • Sangiovese