In Rome, drinking the good stuff isn’t just for the well-heeled centre-dwellers. In Tor Pignattara, near the southern end of Via dell’Acqua Bullicante, a few steps lead downstairs into Les Vignerons, a wine shop specialising in natural wines and artisanal beers from small vineyards and breweries. The shelves are packed from floor to ceiling with excellent labels at affordable prices.
There is an ample selection of local wines like those from Le Coste. Their farmer-style ‘Litrozzo‘, which comes in litre volume bottles with quirky labels, is available in white or red for under €10. This rustic but pleasant and drinkable wine in large format bottles is made with blends of local grape varieties and the fermentation takes place naturally with native yeasts from the grape skins. The result is a clean, natural and accessible beverage.
There are complex wines, too, like those from Cantina Giardino (Campania), ‘A Vita (Calabria) and those funky sought after bottles from Frank Cornelissen (Sicily). Of course, there are wines from the north, as well, with a heavy spotlight on Friuli.
Le Vignerons hosts regular wine and beer tastings in their shop. Stay up to date on their events via their Facebook group.
Via dell’Acqua Bullicante, 119 (Tor Pignattara)
Mon 4pm-9pm, Tue-Sat 10:30am-9pm
105 bus from Termini.