There is a Roman saying, in the local dialect, which says: “Better a glass of Frascati, than all the water of the Tiber”. This tells us that we are dealing with a wine of great importance in the gastronomic tradition of Lazio and, more particularly, of the Roman tradition. Let’s find out more about this wine!
Frascati DOC is a white wine named after the town of Frascati, just on the outskirts of Rome, and in the 80s, one of the most famous and exported Italian wines. Behind a bottle of Frascati lies a long and fascinating history. Already famous and appreciated by the Romans who called it the “golden wine”, the wine was among the first in Italy to obtain the recognition of the designation of origin (DOC).
The name “Frascati” is derived from the ancient custom of local taverns to display a leafy branch, a “frasca”, on their doors to use as firewood. For this reason, in the local dialect, the taverns were called “Fraschette”, and the town that housed them was called Frascati. This term was later extended to wine. The branch hanging from the doors of the “Fraschette” also indicated the period during which the producer could sell the wine, that is, until the tree branch held green leaves.
Among the most illustrious connoisseurs of Frascati, we highlight Marco Porzio Catone, known as “the Censor”, who, in his work entitled De Agricoltura, laid down the rules of cultivation and winemaking. Coming from a noble family of winegrowers, he used to work on his land with his employees, sharing their meals and wines with them.
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