Tuesday, April 5, 2016

CCR Special Visit: Fiorano - A Roman Country Estate - May 7, 2016

A beautiful country estate with a lovely villa, spring flowers, olive and fruit tree groves, and an exquisite vineyard within Rome’s city limits may sound like an impossible dream in this day and age. Yet, such a place exists and a small group of CCR members will have the opportunity to discover the unique history, beauty and even mystery of these 200 hectares.

Prince Alessandrojacopo Boncompagni Ludovisi will tell us about the origins of his family’s Roman country estate as we visit various areas, both by car and on foot. He will also describe the ground-breaking approach to wine-making taken by his elder, Prince Alberico, a figure who was legendary for both his creativity and secrecy, when he first started producing wine for his own consumption using what were then unheard-of organic methods in the 1940s. Despite his reluctance to reveal his unusual choices, wine connoisseurs soon discovered his fine vintages. Alessandrojacopo and his father Paolo then carried on this tradition, bringing it into the 21st century. Fortunately, we will have the chance to sample the fine products of the Tenuta di Fiorano.

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: starting at 3:30 p.m. (the visit will take about 3 hours, including driving, walking and tasting)
Where: Appia Antica area; exact meeting details will be sent to confirmed participants.
Cost: free, current CCR members only; limited space so please be responsible when booking.
NB: Participants will need a car to reach the estate. The tour will be in English and Italian.
RSVP & further info: by Tue. May 3, canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Anna.