Fewer than 25 kilometers south of Roma lay the town of Albano; rolling hills overlooking two large crater lakes, the Lago Albano and the Lago di Nemi. The DOC of Colli di Albani was created in 1970 to include the Malvasia and Trebbiano based whites that had already been vinified for centuries in this region.
Albano’s most significant landmark is Castel Gandolfo; a historical summer escape of the Holy See. This hamlet has traditionally served as refuge from the heat and intensity of a sweltering summer in bustling Rome. It is also said to be the birthplace of Romulus and Remus, the mythical twin founders of the city.
It’s easy to imagine why this white only DOC was long considered one of Lazio’s best producing areas. The volcanic soil and gentle slopes provide a perfect framework for the vineyards and olive groves that are abundant in this area. Colli di Albani DOC may be produced in a dry, sweet or spumante style and contains a majority Malvasia di Candia with a balance of Malvasia Lazio (Dotted Malvasia), Trebbiano Giallo, and or Trebbiano di Soave; a perfect quaffer on a hot summer day.
Most of the wine produced here is consumed locally as an easy-going thirst quencher on a hot summer day. The neighboring DOC’s of Frascati and Est! Est!! Est!!! are a bit easier to find here stateside and give you a sense of the spirit of the region.