Wine Tour in Rome
We experienced a wonderful night wine tour in Rome with Local Aromas, a Rome based company run by two foodie sisters, Bernadette and Valeria. Between the two of them, their expertise include being a wine sommelier, an olive oil sommelier, a professional cheese taster and a trained pastry chef. Very well placed for being food and wine experts in Rome!
We joined the Rome by Night Wine Tasting 3 Hour tour led by sommelier, Eric. In short, this involved wine, food and walking around the gorgeous streets of Rome visiting four different venues and areas of the city. What an absolute treat.
Stops One and Two
A lot of thought has gone into the four fantastic stops in the wine tour. Local Aromas have spent months speaking to, and researching, venues to make sure the tour covers the best hidden gems in Rome. Given that, I could not possibly reveal the places that we visited but will give you a snippet of each.
We started in the local neighbourhood of Trastevere with some light palate tickling prosecco and aperitivo. The venue was deceptively large with a gorgeous outside garden area and hundreds of different wines available. Yes, you even get a cheeky look in the wine cellar. We dined like locals with aperitivio which included bruschetta, mozzarella, ricotta and chicken wings.
Did you know that the name Prosecco is derived from the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape and the wine are said to have originated?! There should not be a shortage of prosecco as the prosecco hills are Unesco protected sites. Yey! Also, us English are drinking it all wrong – it should be served in large wine glass to allow more air.
On to our second stop, we walked around 10 minutes to the Jewish Ghetto. We were greeted by three different cheeses paired with a fresh white wine.
Like the locals do, we stood by the counter enjoying our bites and chatting. The Italians use a lot of sheep and goat milk in their cheeses which produced slightly softer textures. The pecorino with truffle was incredible and something I can’t wait to try again.
Stops Three and Four
We moved on to stop three near Campo de’ Fiori in a gorgeous Trattoria adorned with fairy lights. They had the most amazing pictures on their place-mats.
We tucked into a large charcuterie board filled with mortadella, prosciutto, salami, more pecorino and fig marmalade. This was absolutely dreamy. Paired with this was an Italian red wine. It was interesting to learn from Benny and Eric how to pair wine with food. The wine was not the easiest on the palate to start but once we had a couple of mouthfuls of charcuterie it was so much smoother.
Last but not least we ended our trip at Piazza Navona with a dessert wine and sweet biscuits!
Our evening was filled with great conversation, amazing wine, food pairings and laughter. We came away from this wine tour in Rome with knowledge of pairing food and wine and also learnt more about the history of the City. Given the amazing wine Italy has on offer and the beauty of the city at night, it is a must. The tour is €95 and is highly recommended.
East London Girl: Wine Tour in Rome