The Lazio region is perhaps best known for its capital of Rome and the adjacent autonomous country known as Vatican City. Contrary to popular belief, Rome is a city that requires low-cost wine to satisfy its huge influx of tourism. Traditionally, quantity reigns over quality here. Twenty of the region’s 25 DOC’s are whites composed mostly of Trebbiano and Malvasia, and represented by Frascati. However, the production of a new breed of whites includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Viogner. Cesanese, known for its plump fruity flavor as the only native red varietal, is taking a back seat to other Latin and international offerings. Italian varietals include Sangiovese (Tuscany), Montepulciano (Abruzzo), and Aglianico (Campania and Basilicata); international varietals include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Interestingly enough, the Cabernet and Merlot blends from Lazio’s Bolsano Lake rival the big Cabernets from Bolgheri in Tuscany, and the border area between Tuscany and Lazio is very similar to Tuscany’s fertile Maremma area.