My friend Daniele has a bosom friend Franco, who 13 years ago bought a villa on the famous ancient Appian Way to start growing grapes and olives. Visiting him, you will learn everything about the production process of these products Individual excursion for 1-7 people Duration 3.5 hours Children Possible with children from € 180 for 1-3 people or € 48 per person, if you are more
Franco is an agronomist, he knows all the intricacies of this difficult business, he can tell you how grape vines are selected, how and when to pick grapes, how to prune the vines so that they give a good harvest next year, what olives are used to produce olive oil, and which ones are best served on the table. He will explain why olive trees are shaped into a goblet, how and when they are harvested, and how olive oil is made by separating it from the seeds, rind and water.
We walk through the villa, see the vineyards, as well as the wine factory and a special grape harvesting machine used by only a few wineries in Italy. The wines made at Villa Franco are light, aromatic and are not intended for long-term storage in cellars, the wine can be drunk within a few months after the harvest.
The two wines (red and white) are called "IX Mile" because the villa is located directly on the ninth mile of the Appian Way. Another variety of white wine is named after the Emperor Gallienus, because next to the villa, right by the road, his grave is located - a huge brick structure that once had the shape of a pyramid, which we will definitely see.
The wines and olive oil produced in Villa Franco are certified "bio", as the plants are not treated with any chemicals, so his wine is sold in the famous largest food supermarket "Eataly" in Rome. We will definitely taste wine and olive oil and sheep's cheese, which, if desired, can be purchased right there at the price "from the manufacturer".
The meeting point is by agreement with the guide, you can discuss it when ordering the excursion.