The best of local and international wine at these Rome bars

The best of local and international wine at these Rome bars
Not all wine in Rome is equal or wine bars. There are many a place where you can stop and drink a drop, but the quality and variety varies from place to place.
While Rome and surrounding areas might not be as popular internationally as Tuscany or Piedmont for its wine production, it does produce some DOCG (Italian and internationally certified) wines from Cesanese to Frascati. You can drink wine just about anywhere in Rome from small bars to an enoteca (the traditional and original Itaian wine bar concept) to your roman trattoria - where, if you don't ask for the wine list, quite often you'll be served the house wine. In some places, this can be quite decent, but if it's genuine quality you're after, heading to one of the city's wine bars is more likely to suit your taste. In the centro storico head to the renowned Roscioli or the cosy Divin Ostilia. In Trastevere, Spirito diVino is a certified Slow Food restaurant with a wine cellar that pre-dates the Colosseum and Vin Allegro is a neighborhood hotspot for a casual wine affair. For natural and bio-dynamic wines, try a Litro in the up and coming foodie neighborhood Monteverde. Whatever your taste in wine is, this list has something to suit. Cin Cin!


Trimani
Being in the historical center, Trimani is quite the hotspot for tourists but don't let this deter you or question its authenticity. This place knows wine and has since it opened in 1821. Considered one of Rome's oldest enotecas, the brand is known for being one of the best wine selling points in Italy. Here, you'll find an extensive selection of French, Italian and international wines. Not far from the bar is their wine store where you can make your purchases for your stay and even have your wine shipped back to your home country (customs regulations dependent). METRO: Castro Pretorio, Termini. (06 446 9630)

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Salotto 42
This bar is rather small which means it gets quite packed during aperitivo hour. When the inside becomes standing room only, most people tend to spill out into the piazza outside with their drinks. Conveniently located across from the suggestive Hadrian's Temple, it's a tiny sleek bar where locals go to see and be seen. The interior is modern and fashionable featuring plushy couches and chairs. The walls are adorned with contemporary art and design and fashion books are stacked against the walls. At night, Salotto 42 morphs into a buzzing cocktail and wine bar for the hip, 30-something crowd. Closed in August. BUS: 80, 492, 62, 52, 53. METRO: Spagna. (06-6785804)


Spirito di Vino
With a perennial presence in Trip Advisor's top 100, you may dine amongst more foreigners than locals, but as one of the city's chief slow food exponents, it's worth following the masses. A family affair, chef Eliana Catalani's husband explains the history of the often-ancient dishes on the menu while her son oversees the wine cellar. Some of the recipes are said to be inspired by ones that are thousands of years old. The building is imbued with history, once housing the oldest synagogue in Rome and with a wine cellar older than the Colosseum. BUS: 3, 23. TRAM: 8 (+39 06 5896689)


Litro
Just a short walk from the bustling Trastevere neighborhood, the residential area of Monteverde is becoming increasingly popular with locals and foreigners alike because of its great bars and restaurants. One of these is Litro, a chic wine and cocktail bar which specializes in natural and biodynamic wines from all over Italy. At Litro, you'll also find an extensive cocktail list that focusses primarlity on Mezcal (they have over 30 bottles here) but features some great mixes of Italian liqueurs and spirits. Order a cheese and salumi board, some bruschette and prosciutto and sit in the garden area - perfect for kicking back with your drink and snack! TRAM: 8


Il Sorpasso
All-day dining places in Rome are rare and this one's a gem. Grab a coffee and pastry up front, head to the counter for rare artisanal meats and cheeses, hit the cocktail bar any time, or get a table in the light, country-cool style back room for a meal. The food may sound simple, but it's carefully sourced and perfectly executed. The extensive wine list and taglieri - platters of salumi and cheeses - are standout. Also on the menu are one of Rome's most loved street food snack, Il Trappizzino. The staff here are only to happy to help with your food and wine selections. METRO: Lepanto. BUS: 87 (+39 06 89024554)


Ai Tre Scalini
If you're planning to paint the town red in Monti, your first stop should be at the enoteca Ai Tre Scalini. It's THE place to be on the weekends around happy hour time (7pm) and is buzzing pretty much any other night of the week as well. This place is a rustic wine bar that's been a trusty fixed staple in the neighborhood since 1895. The atmosphere is laid back and typically packed with an artsy crowd and/or hipsters. The wine bar also serves light dishes including cold cuts, olives and cheese with your wine. BUS: 117, 40, 64. METRO: Cavour (+39 06 48907495)


Vin Allegro
For a neighborhood that is home to many a tourist restaurant, Vin Allegro is a refreshing little venue right in the heart of Trastevere. With both indoor and outdoor seating, the wine list here is packed full of regional Italian wines and the international variety as well. The menu is classic, enoteca style. That is, wholesome, not fancy and tasty comfort food. From taglieri (boards) of cheese and salumi to various brushcette topped with tomato or zucchini and prized cheeses, to hot dishes like vegetable bakes and tarts. Add to that some classic jazz and blues tracks coming through the sound system and friendly staff, and this could be one of Trastevere's best watering holes. BUS: 23, 75, 3. TRAM: 8 (06 589 5802)


Divin Ostilia
Put simply, this is one of the cosiest places in Rome for good wine and good food! Right by the Colosseum, you're made to feel at home from the second you walk in. For the warmer Roman nights, there are some outside tables and in the cooler months you'll want to cosy up and take in the warm and hospitable atmosphere. With a wide selection of wines from all over Italy and very reasonable prices, especially given the helpful service and location, Divin Ostilia is a true find. On the menu you'll find a small but tasty range of antipasti (from bruschette to vegetable tarts) and pasta dishes (the gnocchi cacio e pepe with truffle are to die for). The staff are helpful and fun and always willing to help with both wine and food recommendations.


Roscioli
Longtime local favorite from the ever-talented Roscioli family, this dark and stylish wine bar/deli/restaurant serves up fantastic food whether it's the hand-sliced Italian meats from the front-of-house counter to the superb carbonara in the cozy ground floor dining room. Service can be patchy and you'll need to book days in advance for a dinner spot, but the burrata here is probably one of the best you'll taste in Rome (or in other words, the world). The wine list reads like a list at an awards night, with all your prized local labels as well as a strong international presence. Roscioli is truly one of Rome's premier wine bars. TRAM: 8 (+39 06 6875287)


Il Goccetto
Located right in the historical center, Il Goccetto is as much loved by locals as it is with visitors to Rome. The bar boast an extensive wine selection (both regional Italian and international) that is displayed from floor to ceiling and just to give it even more atmosphere, it sits within an ancient building than dates all the way back to the early 1500s. There's a menu of tasting options to match your wine selection and (even quality) wine prices start from €3.50 which make it tasty, central and cheap! The staff here are super friendly and accommodating and are always happy to help out with wine selection whether you're an expert or amateur wine drinker. TRAM: 8 (066864268)

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