Lazio has a reputation for producing easy-drinking whites that are best consumed when young. The terrain of this region influences its wines greatly. Volcanic hills with fertile and porous soil which are rich in potassium are well suited to white wine grape growing. While Lazio enjoys hot summers, the cool breeze from the sea help to temper the warm weather.
Their main exports are the white wines Frascati DOC and Orvieto DOC wines which come from the area of Lazio closest to Umbria. Lazio is most well known for the quality of its white wines, with Trebbiano, Malvasia di Candia, and Malvasia Puntinata being the primary white grapes grown in the region. The modern-day style of white wines tends to be light and crisp with noticeable acidity and little to no residual sugar. This style of wine helps to cut through the often heavier local dishes, such as pasta alla carbonara.
Despite being primarily known for its white wines, Lazio does produce quite a few red wines. The main red grapes grown in the region are Cesanese, Merlot, Sangiovese, Nero Buono di Coro, Canaiolo, and Ciliegiolo. Look for red wines made from these grapes for the perfect pairing to a nice cut of red meat.
Our Wine Recommendations:
Le Coste - Bianchetto 2018
This medium-bodied white wine is slightly off-dry with bright, bold acidity. It has strong citrus notes along with hints of peach and apple. It pairs excellently with lean fish dishes, cured meats, and fresh pasta.
Antiche Terre Tuscolane - Frascati Superiore 2015
This bold white wine has high acidity, perfect for cutting through heavier dishes, particularly cured meats. Tree fruit notes characterize this wine, with apple and pear being quite prominent. There are also mild earthy and citrus notes creating a well-balanced wine.
Principe Pallavicini - Casa Romana 2012
This dry red wine is medium-bodied with moderate tannins and acidity. Tobacco and oaky notes are front and centre of this wine but spicy notes take over at the finish. This pairs beautifully with red meat dishes, particularly veal.