Lazio or Latium in English is one of Italy’s 20 administrative regions. Burton Anderson (1990, p.189) describes it as being ‘eternally dominated by Rome, the ancient and modern capital of Italy, and Catholicism.’

Political geographyCapital city: Rome. Provinces: Rome (RM). | Frosinone (FR). | Latina (LT). | Rieti (RI). Viterbo (VT).

Wine regions

IGPs: Civitella d’Agliano IGP. | Colli Cimini IGP. | Frusinate IGP. | Lazio IGP.

DOCGsCannellino di Frascati DOCG. | Cesanese del Piglio or Piglio DOCG. | Frascati Superiore DOCG.

DOCsAleatico di Gradoli DOC. | Aprilia DOC. | Atina DOC. | Bianco Capena DOC. | Castelli Romani DOC. | Cerveteri DOC. | Cesanese di Affile or Affile DOC. | Cesanese di Olevano Romano or Olevano Romano DOC. | Circeo DOC. | Colli Albani DOC. | Colli della Sabina DOC. | Colli Etruschi Viterbesi or Tuscia DOC. | Colli Lanuvini DOC. | Cori DOC. | Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone DOC. | Frascati DOC. | Genazzano DOC. | Marino DOC. | Montecompatri Colonna or Montecompatri or Colonna DOC. | Nettuno DOC. | Orvieto DOC (shared with Umbria). | Roma DOC. | Tarquinia DOC. | Terracina o Moscato di Terracina DOC. | Velletri DOC. | Vignanello DOC. | Zagarolo DOC.

IGTs: Civitella d’Agliano IGT. | Colli Cimini IGT. | Frusinate IGT. | Lazio IGT. |  Passerina del Frusinate.

Native grapes

RedCesanese Comune: | Cesanese d’Affile. | Rosciola (r). | Serpentaria (r). | Uva Serpe (r).

White‘High-yielding Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Bianca di Candia ruined Lazio’s key wines, Frascati and Marino. Cannellino, the sweet white of Frascati, has also suffered lousy winemaking. High quality natives are the Malvasia del Lazio (Malvasia Puntinata) [sometimes other grapes are passed off as being from this varietal] and Bellone. Moscato di Terracina resembles Moscato Bianco but is genetically different’, says Ian D’Agata (2014). See also Passerina.

OtherThe following varieties are under research: Maturano Bianco, Pampanaro, Capolongo, Uva Micella, Uva Molle, Lecinaro, and Tendòla, although some of these may be varieties grown elsewhere under different names (Ian D’Agata, 2014).

Vineyard area 

Wine production 

Wineries

No certification: Casale del Giglio

Bibliography

Burton Anderson, The Wine Atlas of Italy (Mitchell Beazley, London, 1990).

David Gleave, The Wines of Italy (Salamander Books, London, 1989).

Dr Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014), p42-3 (abridged).

Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grape Terroirs (University of California Press, 2019).

Nicolas Belfrage MW, Life Beyond Lambrusco (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1985)

Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Barolo to Valpolicella—The Wines of Northern Italy (Faber & Faber, 1999).

Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Brunello to Zibibbo–The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2nd edition, London, 2003).