Wine is one of the biggest attractions of Rome and Italy. During a stay on the boot-shaped peninsula there are a few things visitors must do and one of them is trying out different wines and regional specialities. Here’s some of the best spots for doing just that in the capital.
Established in 1895, this bottiglieria offers different wines and dishes to delight every customer. A notable mention are the sausages from Sienna and other local specialities from the region of Latium. Wines are both regional and of national calibre, ranging from budget to high price. With a diverse selection of Italian spirits and a couple of quality beers too, Ai Tre Scalini has something at hand for most palates.
Once a wine and oils shop dating as far back as 1900, this wine bar’s name refers to its oblong shape, featuring a marble counter that is reminiscent of the older shop space from a century ago. Customers are accommodated on wooden benches, overhung by fishermans’ nets, creating an unparalleled authentic atmosphere. With around 1,500 wines in store each day, Cul de Sac will have something for every occasion.
Trimani has been a household name in Rome for over a century, with its ancestors selling wines since 1821. It is one of the most renowned enotecas in the Italian capital. The wines on sale are from all over the world and range from champagne to local labels, without ever neglecting quality and fair prices.
Regional quality is what lies at the heart of this enoteca, located a few steps away from Piazza di Spagna in central Rome. Being a regional enoteca is both an honor and a responsibility, but Palatium will strike every tourist with the various journeys it can take them on through the smells and tastes of Lazio. All the efforts of local producers of both food and wine are channelled into Palatium, thus making it a necessary stop-over for every tourist in Rome.
Located in one of Rome’s most beloved areas, Prati, Enoteca del Frate is an historical wine bar and enoteca which is a point of reference for local and foreign wine lovers. With continuous efforts to bring only the very best to Roman customers at discounted prices, and with offers ranging from wine to liquors, this enoteca, along with the nearby wine bar, will have something for every palate and every occasion. On the menu there are a series of appetizers to accompany the wine as well as other more elaborate dishes for those who want to have a gourmet meal.
The name of this wine bar, which translates to ‘CheerfulWine,’ promises that any customer will have a great time. Delightful wines, a delicious buffet during the daily happy hour or a candle-lit dinner in a wonderful atmosphere, all accompanied by unobtrusive music, are on offer here. With 345 Italian and foreign wines, beers, cocktails and spirits, VinAllegro has got you covered. Located in the heart of Rome’s nightlife, in the district of Trastevere, this wine bar will be an indulgent stop on any tourist’s busy routine.
With a simple, retro décor and a very pleasant atmosphere, La Barrique will strike any customer as the ideal place for a traditional, quality meal and a delightful evening with great wines. With three or four different varieties of champagne always available and a private cozy room with sofas and armchairs, La Barrique is also a good choice if someone wants to indulge in a fancy break from the stresses of a city like Rome.
Located in a late 15th century building near one of Rome’s most renowned piazzas, Piazza Navona, Mimì e Cocò is a wine bar with a familiar atmosphere. Wine and hospitality are, according to proprietors Andrea and Alessandro, the two central aspects of this place. The staff are welcoming and accommodating, their aim being a warm-hearted reception to all in order to make them feel at home. Among their wines are predominantly Italian labels and their menu is very much focused on local products and standard Roman cuisine.
Established in 1720, this enoteca is definitely one of the most ancient in Rome. With a diverse menu of both nibbles and appetizers, and elaborate dishes and desserts, this enoteca and wine bar knows how to cater to its customers’ needs and wishes. The wooden counter with stools on the outer side are reminiscent of ancient times and the décor in general is refined and elegant without losing its intrinsic, rustic quality.
Open since 1983 and located in a 16th-century building near the Lungotevere, Il Goccetto offers its customers a wide range of mostly Italian and French wines combined with a menu of locally-sourced cold meats and cheeses. Their drinks list also has 60 different wine brands to be bought by the glass, which are changed every month in order to allow everyone to try out different scents and tastes in different seasons. The bottles of wine are displayed on the shelves against the wall, integrated into the very décor of the enoteca itself.