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Colli della Sabina DOC

The wines in Colli della Sabina are grown in a fairly large area that stretches across 25 municipalities in the provinces of Rieti and Rome, starting approximately 20 kilometers north of the capital and up to the south border of Umbria.

The name dates back to 8th century BC. You probably remember, from ancient history classes, the legend of the Sabine women, who were kidnapped by the Romans in order to populate a newly established city. After careful consideration, the Sabine men attacked the Roman kidnappers, but peace was restored when the brave Sabine women, together with their small children, intervened to reconcile the warring parties. The legend is reproduced in several paintings and sculptures, often with the title “The Rape of the Sabine Women”.

On one hand, the wines from Colli della Sabina DOC have been partly overshadowed by the colorful legend, on the other hand by the area’s excellent virgin oil, praised for centuries for its high quality.

In the 1980s, the local wine producers realized that the quality of the wine might be improved, so they concentrated on improving the vineyards and wine cellars. The results have been noticeable, albeit there is still some way to go.

The biggest increase in quality came in the mid 1990s, when Colli della Sabina got its DOC appellation (1996). Since, it has had a constant forward trajectory and it now produces 9 different types of wine. 

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