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Vino roma wine tasting fills a gap on Rome's wine scene - Taste different wines from all over Italy and learn about them, too - from a professional sommelier who speaks perfect English, a rare thing in Italy.
Italy is surely one of the greatest wine producing countries in the world. Unlike most other countries where wine growing is limited to certain regions, in Italy every region has its fair share of different grapes and wines. Of course most travellers don't come to Rome solely because of the wines, but if you have more than just one or two days, you should surely check out the wines.
Unfortunately, local wines from around Rome (Lazio) are not among the very best of the country and tours to wineries are scarce (and not very promising). As not everyone has the time to take 2 days off and go to Toscana, here are some tips on how you can stay in Rome and do get to drink your wines and maybe even learn something, too!
This is one of the best stocked wine stores in Italy! Don't let the small visible part of the shop upon entrance fool you, take the steps to downstairs and marvel! Very good staff who speak some English and very helpful, don't hesitate to ask questions. They also have a part where they offer dinner, but is somewhat overpriced.
Piazza Cavour, 16
00193 Roma - Italia
Hours: monday 4:30pm to 8:00pm; tue-sat 9:00am to 01:00pm and 4:30pm to 8:00pm; sundays closed
Another great wine store (at times prices tend to be somewhat higher) and this one has a great lunch and dinner opportunity, too. Get a cheese selection and wines by the glass, be adventurous, let the sommeliers choose for you and discover new wines.
Via Goito, 20 - 00185 Roma tel. 06.446.9661 - Fax 06.446.8351 mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many sub-divisions to Gusto, but none of them is as good as the winebar (avoid the pizzeria!). Food there is ok, too. Go for the aperitivo and drink great wines by the glass.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore 7, 00100 Roma, open 10 am to 2 am
This fills up a big hole among the offers of Rome. In the enotecas you get to drink great wines, but how many different ones can you just drink? And you don't get to learn about them either, the staff either doesn't have the information or time or, more often, doesn't speak enough English to convey these to you. This multicultured professional sommelier speaks perfect English (and German!) and organizes wine tastings in a very interesting setting: A historic, real Roman home, full of antiques and great views. The standard tasting takes two hours (in the afternoon) and offers 7 different wines from all over Italy, takes into account your prior knowledge and taste and lets you taste the wines while giving you tons of information (general and specific). Special themed tastings also available upon request and advance notice.
Lungotevere dei Mellini 10, 00193 Roma. Standard tasting on most days 5pm to 7 pm. Reservations required under vino roma