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Details for Castello di Torre in Pietra, Elephas Rosso

AppellationLazio IGT
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Castello di Torre in Pietra
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Bordering Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzo, the province of Lazio is the home province of Rome.  Once it produced lots of wine to keep thirsty Romans happy but vineyard area has been declining steeply in recent years.  This is partly due to vineyards disappearing under the houses of Rome’s commuter belt, but also due to the lack of any really famous wines.
Lazio is very much white wine country, as illustrated by its two best-known DOCs, Frascati and Est! Est!! Est!!! do Montefiascone.  Both of these, along with several other less well-known DOCs, are based on Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia di Candia, but none of them has a great reputation for quality.  Nor does Orvieto which, although thought of as an Umbrian DOC, extends into northeastern Lazio.
Having said that, the region’s volcanic soils and rocky terrain have the potential to produce excellent whites and reds.  A variety of individual producers make standout wines, often from international varieties, such as Falesco’s Montiano, one of Italy’s greatest Merlots.

Castello di Torre in Pietra

This historic estate has been making wine since the Middle Ages.  The cellars were dug into the tufa hill behind the Castello itself in the 13th century, but the first record of wine being made in them dates from 1600.
The origins of the present commercial winery lie in the 1930s, after the run-down estate was bought by newspaper owner and politician Luigi Albertini in 1926.  He enbarked on a major restoration, including planting new vineyards and enlarging the cellars.  His family own the estate to this day.
The range of wines has been expanded significantly, and now comprises five reds, five whites, a rosé and a fizz.  It’s the leading estate in the region, and in 2012 it was awarded the Moneta prize by Italy’s Slow Wine guide in recognition of the good value offered across the whole range.

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