The first words spoken by Benedict XVI, immediately after his election as successor of Peter, were: "after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinal lords elected me, a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord"
The Vinea domini project was born, in one of the largest and most historic winery of the Romans Castles: Gotto d’oro. From the words of Benedict XVI was born the idea to give the name "Vinea Domini" to a line of new wines who had to enhance the native vines and the DOC / DOCG of Lazio, giving them the right recognition they deserve.
After a long and meticulous work, finally comes to light the first bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and than the three white wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Viognier.
The line has been expanded with four natives: the Doc Roma Rosso and Bianco, the Frascati Superiore DOCG and the Cesanese del Piglio DOCG, all award-winning wines.
To satisfy customers' requests, two other varieties are released: "Friccicore" and "Luccicore", respectively a white with hints of apple and orange blossom produced with Malvasia del Lazio, a well-known native grape variety, and an unexpected rosé produced with grapes Syrah with intense aromas of rose and pomegranate.
The target of Vinea Domini range is to promote native grapes and DOC / DOCG wines of Latium, giving them the right prestige they deserve.
Places of millennial tradition
to the south-east of Rome, but still in sight of the Capital and the sea, rises an isolated group of volcanic hills whose slopes are cloaked in splendid vineyards. The small villages clinging to the sides of hills or on the summits of the reliefs are called the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles), in memory of the ancient manor houses. The history of these hills is more ancient than Rome because, according to tradition, the founders of the future “caput mundi” (capital of the world) came from Alba Longa. And the Romans return there often because, outside the walls of the eternal city, they make a joyful tribute to the realm of Bacchus.
The territory of the Castelli Romani is an area formed by the collapse of the Laziale Volcano hundreds of thousands of years ago, and the soils are composed of erupted material. The heights rise through the 14 villages of the Castelli, and range from 280m to the 956m above sea level of Maschio delle Faete in Rocca di Papa, with a surface area of 435 square kilometres, covered with woods, olive groves and vineyards. Within this area are two regional parks: the Park of the Appia and the Park of the Castelli Romani, which protect the cultivated areas.
Aroma and freshness from the Romans Castles
The hills where the vines grow have a sandstone and marl nature, being of volcanic origin. The soils most suited to the cultivation of vines are found on the hilly slopes of the reliefs, which present permeable and well-structured soils, essentially lava and tuff. The soils of the Romans Castles, being rich in potassium and phosphorus, confer aroma to the grapes and freshness to the wines.
The climate is temperate, with pronounced temperature excursions and low rainfall, characterised by frequent thunderstorms. The presence of the two lakes is fundamental and, together with the volcanic traits of the terrain, create a unique microclimate that is perfect for the cultivation of high quality wines.