Costantini Massarosa is not your typical Frascati, but then again Piero Costantini is not your ordinary winegrower, nor is he emblematic of the industrialist mentality that pervades the production of so much of today's Frascati. At Costantini Massarosa, which was formerly known as Villa Simone, quality is supreme. All of Costantini's grapes are organically cultivated and all systemic treatments have been banished from this 55 hectare estate in favor of natural, sustainable methods of disease control. Furthermore, production per hectare is half the legal limit, and great care is expounded both in the vineyard as well as in the cellar to make the Frascati of Costantini Massarosa the finest in the region. Thanks to Piero Costantini and his winemaker nephew Lorenzo, Frascati remains the pride and joy of Rome.
Latium is the region of Rome. It is, also, the source of so much of the wonderful produce, meat, and especially wine that flows into the Eternal City to sustain Romans and visitors alike. Latium is unquestionably one of the most important wine regions in Italy, both in sheer volume as well as quality. And what may come as a surprise to many is that ninety percent of Latium's wines are white, including the region's best known wine – Frascati.
Frascati is Latium's most famous wine, and so pervasive is its presence in Rome that the name Frascati has become synonymous with white wine and all that is Roman. Frascati does indeed produce the finest dry white wine from the hills around Rome, which are known alternately as Castelli Albani, Castelli Romani, and Colli Romani. The name notwithstanding, the Alban Hills offer a sun-drenched climate and a mineral rich volcanic soil, conditions that have proven ideal for the cultivation of Malvasia, Trebbiano, and a handfull of other local white wine varieties that constitute Frascati.
Today, Frascati is most often made light, clean, and very dry. However, Frascati can still legally be made semi-sweet (amabile) or sweet (cannellino), but such versions are increasingly rare. The same can be said for the other notable white wines of the Alban Hills, including Marino and Colli Albani.
In addition to Frascati and its siblings Marino and Colli Albani, Latium is home to Est! Est!! Est!!! and part of Orvieto. A growing number of select high quality red wines spring from the rural hills of Latium as well.