Frascati is an Italian white wine from the region of Frascati, (name of the town 25 km from ROME) in Lazio, Italy. Archeological discoveries from the ancient town of Tusculum , now Frascati, demonstrate the cultivation of grapes for wine since the 5th century B.C. it was one of the preferred wines of Ancient Rome , then of the Renaissance Popes , (Caravaggio would have drunk Frascati wine in his favorite Hostaria), Poets and artists visiting on the Grand Tour 1700s and 1800s, and in the 1960s of the Dolce Vita[disambiguation needed] . If there is a wine that is synonymous with Rome, it is Frascati. Made from Malvasia di Candia, Malvasia del Lazio, Grechetto, Bombino bianco and Trebbiano grapes and has Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and since 2013 DOCG status. The Frascati DOC/DOCG area is located in the heart of the Castelli Romani, Tuscolum and Albani Hills south of Rome, and north of Lake Albano. The vineyards range from 200 to 1,000 feet in altitude. The Soils are well drained and volcanic.. The DOC allows for a minimum of 70% Malvasia (Bianca di Candia) and/or Trebbiano (Toscano), a 30% maximum of Greco and/or Malvasia (del Lazio) and a maximum of 10% other white grapes. Many of the vineyards' cellars have ancient Roman caves. The Frascati wine consortium was founded in 1949, DOC status obtained in 1966, making it one of Italy's first DOC wines. Modern cellars and techniques are now leading the way to an ever growing reputation of a good quality wine, with many award winning labels. Frascati wine is an ingredient in the Frascati Frizz aperitif.
Two Frascati wines qualified on Sep 20th 2011 for the higher DOCG recognition, which stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata and Garantita, i.e. a Controlled and Guaranteed Certification of Origin:
- Joseph Batianich & David Lynch Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy" pg 413 Clarkson Potter Publishers ISBN 9781400097746
- Paolo e Tommaso Mascherucci: La vite e il vino a Frascati - Associazione Tuscolana Amici di Frascati, 1978
- Marcus Porcius Cato: De Agri Cultura, 160 B.C.
- History of Frascati Wine
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