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All you need to know about Doc Roma A Doc wine designed to bring the name of the Eternal City to the world a solid bond. The Roma Spumante type will also be launched, including the mention of Rosato, always focusing on the same grapes of Roma Rosso. “We have shown productive commitment in these years, raising the average quality level, now the small companies must grow, we will redesign the logo and we are working a lot on oenological training. The best is yet to come.”

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47 hectares and 1.3 million bottles produced. Let’s start from the numbers of 2020 in order to get in touch with one of the most curious DOCs of the Italian wine scene. Born in 2011, the DOC Roma was created to add value to the viticulture of the Lazio region, associated with a strong brand concept like Rome. The area of the denomination is particularly large and extends across the province of Rome. It includes the coastal territories, the Sabina subregion, the Colli Albani, the Prenestini hills and a good part of the Roman countryside. The ampelographic base is therefore wide, for the Roma Bianco we find mainly Malvasia del Lazio (not less than 50%) followed by Bellone, Bombino and Trebbiano. While for Roma Rosso the starring role is played by Montepulciano (not less than 50%) followed by Cesanese, Cabernet and Syrah. “In 2020, the area planted in vines and the production grew significantly. Today, the entire supply chain has 87 players between bottlers, winemakers and vi-

gnerons. We started with 6 vintners and 60 hectares, the growth has been important but we need to take it to the next level. Above all, the small private wineries must grow. Rome is an important giant: we have to behave like Rome, to live up to its name,” commented Tullio Galassini, President of the Roma DOC Consortium. In the next few years, it’s estimated that the production will double, while on the communication side, the aim is a strong relaunch, both in Italy and abroad. In fact, the DOC is much better known around the world than it is in Rome: in 2018, according to the latest available data, export of the denomination counted for 83%, Italy only marked 17%. The first international market is Vietnam. “Today we see a big push from Northern Europe and a strong acceleration in the United States,” Tullio continues. Among upcoming projects, there are also plans for a physical wine shop in Rome. The great challenge of the denomination is precisely re-appropriating the city and its province, rebuilding

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TASTING We asked the Consortium to send us a sampling from all the producers who claim the DOC label, here are the samples that convinced us the most. We found some residual sugar at the limit in some samples, but also more delicate and calibrated extractions than a few years ago, especially in the reds. ROMA BIANCO ROMA MALVASIA PUNTINATA 2019 PRINCIPE PALLAVICINI The most convincing among the whites. It offers clean, inviting aromas, from mint to basil, with fragrant, fresh white fruit. The palate is linear, pleasant, with good progression, relaxation, and length.

ROMA MALVASIA PUNTINATA 2019 CASTELLO DI TORRE IN PIETRA Based in Fiumicino. The aromas are of ginger and lemon, along with an undercurrent of yellow flowers. On the palate it is smooth, with good savoury support and a delicate finish on Mediterranean herb tones.

ROMA MALVASIA PUNTINATA 2019 FEDERICI The aromas are reminiscent of sage, white pepper and freshly mowed grass. The mouthfeel is pleasant, soft, and continuous in its vegetal profile. The finish reminds of freshly candied citrus.