Appellation Guide: Frascati Superiore DOCG (Lazio, Italy)
Situated just 20km from Rome, Frascati was for a very long time the quintissential white wine of Italy, its presence in the pizzeria's and trattoria's of the capital mandatory. The 1970s and 1980s saw a drop in quality though and like many other Italian white wines, suffered from the pursuit of quantity over quality.
Today a greater understanding of the soils and a new generation of winemakers keen to emphasise the uniqueness of their territory is having a positive effect.
Frascati benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate and diversity of site that comes with planting vineyards in valleys of rolling hills.
It is made from the family of Malvasia grapes (Malvasia bianca di Candia, Malvasia del Lazio) and Trebbiano (Trebbiano Toscano).
Today quality differs from producer to producer. There are some very good wines full of intrigue and character but there is also a considerable amount of dissapointing wine to be foudn also. The trick is to find a producer you can trust.
Recommended Producers: Poggio Le Volpi | Principe Pallavicini