Itinerary: Montefiascone, Marta, Gradoli, Grotte di Castro, San Lorenzo Nuovo, Bolsena, Orvieto
Along the Wine Road of Tuscia tasting some excellent wines
is a beautiful geographical area located in the province of Viterbo
, on the northern side of Lazio, not far from Rome
. This area is characterized by amazing green valleys and hills, scattered with charming Medieval towns, such as Civita di Bagnoregio or Vitorchiano. In this extremely beautiful landscape, where nature and the human touch meet is located "Strada dei Vini dell'Alta Tuscia
" ( The Wine Road of Tuscia
) we are going to discover during this trip.
The Wine Road of Tuscia has been established by region Lazio in order to promote the spreading of the local DOC wines, the local agricultural and handcrafting products and the tourist routes related to food and wine. This amazing road connects small wine shops, wineries, wine cellars (pic n°6), restaurants serving local food, small stores dedicated to selling fish from Lake Bolsena
, farm houses and handcrafting workshops. Driving along "Strada dei Vini dell'Alta Tuscia" means exploring this unique area and its excellence in terms of wine, food, locals products, besides its artistic, cultural and historic heritage.
Our itinerary will touch the following towns: Montefiascone (pic n°1), Marta (pic n°3), Gradoli (pic n°5), Grotte di Castro (pic n°4), San Lorenzo Nuovo, Bolsena, Orvieto, Castiglione in Teverina, Civitella d'Agliano, Graffignano. So, you will have many opportunities to taste the famous wines produced in the area.
Let's mention first the " Orvieto DOC Wine " (the 3rd bottle, central pic), which is produced in Orvieto, Civitella d'Agliano, Graffignano and Castiglione in Teverina. In this last town, there is also a Wine Museum with an area dedicated to wine tasting. It seems that the Etruscans had dug the first tuff grottos, where Orvieto DOC is still placed to age. This famous aromatic wine is mostly based on Trebbiano Toscano and Grechetto grapes, and it features a straw-yellow color, a fresh aroma and an intense flavor of flowers, honey, and hazelnuts
"Aleatico di Gradoli" (the last bottle, central pic), a very special wine, is produced in the countryside around the town of Gradoli and Lake Bolsena. It was awarded a DOCG wine in 1972. The history of this wine is more than 1,000 years old, as it was brought from Greece to this area by the Etruscans. At least 95% of the grapes used must be Aleatico grape, which gives this wine an intense red color with purple hues and a fresh, smooth and fruity flavor. A dessert wine version of Aleatico is also produced (liquoroso or passito), and it tastes great with desserts, cakes, sweets or at the end of a meal.
Another famous and much-appreciated wine of this area is "Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone DOC" (the 1st bottle, central pic), which is produced in the areas around Montefiascone, Bolsena, San Lorenzo Nuovo, Gradoli, and Grotte di Castro. This clear and brilliant white wine features a full-bodied and harmonic flavor, and it is made from Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Bianca Toscana, and Rossetto grapes. The unusual name of this wine comes from a legend that dates back to the 12th century. According to this, in 1111, bishop Johannes Defuk was traveling to Rome, and as a great wine lover he was, he used to send his servant ahead, asking him to detect places where good wines were served. The servant had to write "est" (Latin for "there is"), if he found a good wine. So, when he got to Montefiascone and tasted the wine, he was so surprised about its goodness that he wrote "est" three times with six exclamations marks!
Finally, do not miss "Cannaiola DOC" (the 2nd bottle, central pic), the tasteful wines of Tuscia produced in the small town of Marta. The grape Cannaiolo Nero is the main source of this wine, which is usually produced in limited quantities. It is a very complex wine, suitable for the most expert wine tasters. Its color is intense ruby red, it has a fruity and floral aroma, with scents of cherry, blackberry and rose, and a full-bodied, fresh and slightly sweet flavor.
Read more about Tuscia and its Etruscan evidence
Some pictures of Tuscia and the Wine Road of Tuscia:
Montefiascone (pic n°1); Vineyard in Tuscia (pic n°2); Marta (pic n°3); Grotte di Castro (pic n°4); Gradoli (pic n°5);
Wine Tasting Cellar (pic n°6);