Meet the team behind the tour!
Our tour is about the people you meet and the friendships you'll make.
The best thing about Frascati is not its amazing wine, spectacular views or delicious food… It’s the people!
Dominique the ‘Americana’
Dominique is an ONAV licensed wine-taster and is one of the guides. She founded this tour company in 2012 as a way to bring the amazing history, cuisine & wines of Frascati to fellow travelers. She’s a California native, who has been living in Rome since 2004. In 2012 she moved to Frascati immediately fell in love with the town! Only 25 minutes from Rome, but it has an entirely different feel. The views are amazing, people are friendly, the food has amazing quality and the wines are delicious!
Paola the 7th Generation Winemaker
Paola is the President of our Wine Cooperate ‘Antiche Terre Tuscolane’ and the 7th generation Ceccarelli to work on her family’s vineyard. As the oldest of three daughters, Paola has decided to follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming the family winemaker. Paola and her sisters are excited to share their family’s winemaking history with you as you tour their 16th century wine cellar in beautiful Frascati wine country.
Eugenio the Baker
Eugenio and his family are at the center of daily life in Frascati. Everyone in town buys their fresh bread from his bakery ‘Antico Forno Cerali’ and has done so for generations. Eugenio is a world traveller and ambitious entrepreneur with dreams of opening a wood fired pizza place in South Africa. Hopefully for us, his mother Rosanna is right when she says that he’s too old for such foolish notions and that he needs to stay here in Frascati;)
Max the Artist
Max is a renaissance man. He is an artist, poet, sommelier, and our amazing tour guide! He knows endless stories about the legends, history and village gossip in Frascati and is truly loved by his town. He spends half the year in Frascati and the other half traveling the world, painting, volunteering and making friends.
Paola the Mamma
Not only is Paola smart, funny and beautiful, she is also a very talented chef! She grew up in one of the most historic families of restaurateurs of the Castelli Romani. She spent several years living abroad teaching courses on Italian cooking. You will find Paola a wealth of knowledge and information on Frascati food & wine pairings, along with insights into which herbs and flowers are edible in the vineyard.
Rosanna the Nonna
Nonna Rosanna is the 90 year-old mother of Eugenio the baker and quite a spit-fire! She still works every day and makes all the wine cookies for the bakery. When she is not making the cookies, she is working at the register and socializing with customers. Recently she won a Karaoke contest while on holiday with other 90 year-old girlfriends at the sea.
Marco works at the bakery we visit during our ‘Classic Half-Day Wine Tour’ and where we make our pizza during our ‘Pizza Making and Wine Tasting Tour’. His enthusiasm is contagious and he has even prepared a little speech in English for our guests telling them the story of our ‘Miss Frascati’ cookie. Bravo Marco!
Nino Ceccarelli is Paola’s father and takes great care of his vineyard every day by pruning, tying and harvesting each vine by hand. He and his brother Mario are the main vintners at the Ceccarelli farmhouse and help keep our artisanal wine-making tradition alive in Frascati!