A giant and beautiful vegetable garden, a dairy at the beginning of its activity, simple and luscious gastronomic products, preserves, honey, fruit juices and a trattoria with an open kitchen. All in an immaculate countryside dotted with fruit trees, lush and geometric vineyards, picnic tables and sheaves that stand out on the lawn before the forest. It is a magical place a stone’s throw from Rome where one can escapethe city, comforted by the beauty of nature, by the design of a bucolic landscape, attracted by the furnishings that drag you into a fairy-tale world surrounded by the chirping of birds and the perfumes of naturally leavened bread. We are in the Fattoria di Fiorano di Albiera, Alessia and Allegra Antinori, a garden of Eden that is easily reachable from Ciampino airport in just under twenty minutes.
You know well that I would not have stolen these three minutes of your time if I did not feel the need to tell you about a great wine. On the contrary, prepare yourself to accept the idea of a grape variety rarely vinified in purity like the Semillon, used with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the famous sweet wines of Sauterne.
The Fiorano Bianco is a wine with a bright light gold color. Its citrus and tropical fruit scent mixes with some notes of anise, vanilla and a pleasant toasted sensation. The mouthfeel has to be delicately felt to fully enjoy the soft, sapid and deep elegance of its touch. The scents of flint and vanilla add complexity and the mineral traces recall the volcanic origin of these vineyards located in the Appia Antica Park. The second white wine of the Estate is of similar features, although simpler and with more immediate features: it is the Fioranello. A wine to be drunk without too much philosophical speculation but enjoying its affability and clean taste. As if these two oenological surprises from the Roman countryside were not enough, the Fattoria di Fiorano also produces a red made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a velvety touch, a compact structure and aromas reminiscent of ripe blueberries, cedar, leather and vanilla.
The most incredible surprise is the aging potential of both white and red wines. A couple of years ago in New York, I had the good fortune to taste the old vintages inthe pleasant company of Alessia Antinori: 1971, 1974, 1985 and 1990. And if they weren’t international wines and in perfect condition I wouldn’t have written about them. These old vintages not only still offer so much fresh fruit, but also a complexity and a gustatory tension that, if served in a blind folded tasting compared to famous denominations such as those in Bordeaux, they would surely surprise the most experienced connoisseurs. Gift yourself the pleasure of discovering unexpected samples of elegance and longevity in a farm a stone’s throw from Rome.
Fattoria di Fiorano
Via di Fioranello 34 – Rome
(Exit GRA Ciampino airport)
342 3658581 – 06 79340114