Lazio Rome---the place where modern civilization began years ago among the Forum, the Colloseum, and the Sistine Chapel. Throughout the rich history of this area, very few foreigners can identify Lazio as the name of the province where the Romans reside. However, despite wines' early history in this region, good wines are relatively hard to come by. The soil and the weather in Lazio aren't perfect for grapes, and many Romans concentrated on professions adapted to the city. One red varietal in prominence though is the Cesanese grape, which can be made in different wine styles.
- Azienda Formiconi
Nazzareno Formiconi had long produced Cesanese wine for his frienda and neighbors, but in 2002 his three sons decided it was time to produce their Cesanese D'Affile commercially. The Formiconis produce an exqusite Cesanese that recalls the early beginnings of the grape in the Affile region outside of Rome. The history of the grape goes back to 66 B.C. when the Romans were making wine with it.