Vini di Roma – Roman Wines

by | Mar 11, 2022 | Indigenous Grapes, Producers News | 0 comments

Donato Giangirolami at Millesime

Did you know that Italy has a wider selection of wines than anywhere else in the world? 

While it is claimed that there may be up to 2000 varieties, (WINE GEEK ARTICLE) there are officially 605 unique grapes used to make the wines found throughout the Italian peninsula. 

At White Fox Wines we have always been interested in sourcing wines that not only come from small independent producers and have an excellent price/quality ratio, but are also less well known, and typical of a specific region, or autochthonous.  

The first time we met Donato Giangirolami was at a wine event in Rome, a few years ago.  We were looking for wines from the Castelli Romani, and not specifically a Frascati, which may be the most renowned wine coming from the Roman hills.  

At the time Donato produced only 3 wines, a Malvasia, a Grechetto and a Syrah.  We loved the fact that they were not blending the grapes, and their wines had very defined character and style, and of course, the quality was indisputable! 

We also loved that they are a family run winery, Donato’s 3 daughters work alongside him, and that they had the foresight of turning their production organic much earlier than many other wine makers in the area, while focusing on quality as opposed to quantity. 

Nynphe Sparkling Wine

Fast forward to 2022, White Fox Wines imports 7 of the 10 organic wines the family now produces.  Bianca was able to meet up with Donato and his youngest daughter Chiara recently during her trip to the organic wine fair in Montpellier and taste the new vintages.  

The Malvasia and Grechetto are still our bestsellers, very popular both with restaurateurs and private customers (you can enjoy the Malvasia alongside best Roman specialities at Carbonara at Number 49 in Chester!)

Their reds though, Lepino and Peschio, are truly special, and you deserve to try them, as well as their unique Sparkling wine “Nynphe”, which was the star of our latest Christmas Wine Tasting!  

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