A Little More Wine for Your Buck

November 6, 2007 / Food & Wine
Gas prices might keep on rising, but at the pump of a cantina sociale (communally owned wine press and storage facility), you will really get your euro’s worth of energy: liters of hearty red or white local wine.

A visit to one of the many local cantine sociali will not only save you money but you will be sure to meet some interesting characters. Bring your own empty bottles, better if they are 5 liter size. Costs vary but usually the sfuso, literally “loose” or unbottled, simple table wine can be purchased for about l euro per liter . . . cheaper than gas for the car! (Bottled wine is also available, but more “expensive” . . E.1.50 per bottle!)

North of Rome we recommend the cantine sociali at Tarquinia, Montefiascone and Vignanello, where you can buy local wine directly from the producers.

Several towns (Vignanello and Montefiascone are famous) also hold wine festivals during August. In Pianoscarano, a neighborhood of Viterbo for example, the 13th century fountain flows with free wine on the second Sunday of October and the local lads compete in a race pushing wine casks uphill.

Mary Jane Cryan

by Mary Jane Cryan

Mary Jane is a historian, cruise lecturer, author and publisher of books on Italian history and central Italy has been residing in Italy for half a century.

See her award winning website www.elegantetruria.com and weekly blog posts on 50YearsInItaly for more about central Italy and to order books directly from the author.

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