Italy | Lazio

The Coliseum in Rome

Lazio (Latium) is located halfway down the western side of the Italian peninsula, between the Apennines and the Tyrrhenian Sea and home to the ancient capital city of Rome. With its millennia of history as one of the world’s most important cities, Rome is still the heart of Italy, and visitors to Lazio spend most of their time visiting the myriad of monuments the city has to offer. The wine region of Lazio is best known for its white wines based on the Trebbiano and Malvasia grape varieties, including Est! Est!! Est!!! and Frascati which are made in the local hills and supply the vast number of tourists filling the Roman tables. Despite the regions reputation for white wines there are many fine reds from Latium that are making an impression on international markets. This is especially so for those made from Sangiovese, Cesanese, Montepulciano, Merlot and Nero Buono di Coro. Also of note are Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo.