Company

The Gotto d’oro winery preserves the ancient wine making tradition of the fertile Castelli Romani area to the south of Rome, which traces its roots back to Roman times, and gives the company its brand name – “Gotto” (goblet).

In fact, the term derives from the Latin guttus, an alternative form of gutus (jug or flask), and indicates a vessel used for drinking wine.

The international reputation of Grotto d’oro products is such that they have come to be associated with the history and monuments of Rome itself, the Eternal City.

Numbers

Foundation: 1945
Production facilities: Two, Marino e Frascati
Partners: 210
Staff: 32 full-time and 15 seasonal employees
Registered hectares: 1.300
Grapes delivered: 150.000 quintals
Revenue: 20.000.000
Bottles produced: 8.000.000/year

History

Gotto d'oro was formed by a consortium of small wine producers in 1945, immediately after the end of World War II. The founding members were pioneers in sharing wine-growing and commercial knowledge that was in danger of being lost as a result of the conflict, and thanks to their foresight, Gotto d'oro is now the largest wine producer in the Lazio region and one of the twenty most important companies in the Italian wine industry.

In 1945, the members of the cooperative started out using the facilities of the former National Wine Growers' Association, which had been severely damaged during the Allied bombing campaigns, and such was their determination that, by 1947, they were already marketing their wines all over the country. In the 60s, during the "Italian economic miracle", Gotto d'oro white Frascati began to acquire an international reputation and, together with the red Chianti, took the first steps towards the internationalisation of Italian wines and played an active role establishing the success of the "Made in Italy" brand.

The visibility and reputation of Roman wines grew rapidly and Frascati was awarded DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata -- controlled designation of origin) status for the first time in 1966. DOC status was also awarded to the Marino in 1970 and, finally, to the Castelli Romani in 1994. In 1989 the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry declared Gotto d'oro a "cooperative association of national interest". Thanks to the restructuring and modernisation work, which was completed in 2011, the plant in Marino represents the state of the art in the wine making industry, combining environmental protection with high quality wine production.

Today, Gotto d'oro is a modern, dynamic forward-looking business that retains a strong link to its origins.

Mission

Preserving two thousand years old Roman peasant traditions. The development of the Castelli Romani area and its wine production industry.

The Vines

Grapes have been cultivated in the Castelli Romani for thousands of years and wine growers have planted and experimented with innumerable varieties over the years, with varying degrees of success. In more recent times, several international varieties have been introduced, flourishing in the optimal habitat provided by the volcanic soils, hilly terrain and favourable climate.

Although white grapes predominate, largely as a result of the internationalisation of Frascati wine in the 60s that encouraged many local winemakers to attempt to emulate the success enjoyed by the white wines of the Castelli Romani, there is a small but significant presence of red grapes, which are used to produce several high quality wines.

The white wines are based predominantly on the Malvasia di Candia and Trebbiano Toscano varieties, which lend them their freshness and full-bodied flavour; excellent characteristics when combined with indigenous grapes such as the well-structured Bombino and Greco, or semi-aromatic Malvasia del Lazio and Bellone varieties, as well as Vermentino or even international grapes like Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Viognier.

Many of these grapes are vinified and marketed as single grape varieties, especially Malvasia del Lazio and Chardonnay. The most widely cultivated black grapes are Sangiovese, Montepulciano, the native Cesanese and Nero Buono, and well-integrated international varieties, such as Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Malvasia del Lazio or Puntinata

Originally from the Marino area, it is now cultivated throughout the Castelli Romani and produces an elegant, golden yellow, semi-aromatic, full-bodied and decidedly alcoholic wine.

Malvasia

Bellone

"Pliny's "pantastic grape" is the native variety par excellence, which is enhanced when cultivated in deep, light soils of volcanic origin. The high juice content of the grapes gives the wines freshness, acidity and longevity. Trials where it is blended with Chardonnay, a variety with which it shares optimal taste affinity, have yielded excellent results.

Bellone

Bombino bianco

Of uncertain origin, Bombino Bianco has been cultivated in Castelli Romani since before 1800, it gives the wine a greenish yellow colour and a delicate scent, and produces smooth, harmonic wines when used for blending. It is also known as "Stracciacambiale" or tear up the invoices in English in reference to its profitability to the producer.

Bombino

Sangiovese

Cited by scholars and experts, starting with Acerbi in 1713, this Tuscan vine spread to Castelli Romani during the 1800s, where the local habitat suited it so well that it soon became an integral part of a majority of Roman wines, lending them an intense ruby ​​red colour, as well as good tannin levels and ageing qualities.

Sangiovese

Montepulciano

This typical central Italian variety makes wine of great character and personality and produces the best red wines from ​​the Castelli Romani area when blended with Sangiovese, Merlot and Cesanese.

Montepulciano

Cesanese

Described in the ampelographic handbooks of 1888 as grape grown in the countryside around Rome, Cesanese is an archetypical indigenous variety. The grape is very sensitive and produces a highly distinctive wine. Its quality can vary sharply from year to year, and it represents a real challenge for winemakers.

Cesanese