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Italian wine and grape guide : Frascati


Named after the town of Frascati, part of the area where it is produced, this white wine was one of Italy’s first DOC wines and was often described as “The Golden Wine” by the Romans because of its colour and value. Frascati is composed from a variety of different grapes, usually, but not always, Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia del Lazio. Secco and amabile are two varieties of this wine - amabile is medium sweet and is only known and consumed locally. There is also a Frascati superiore which requires at least 11.5% alcohol content, making it considerably different from the standard Frascati.