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 your Guide
Dominique, an ONAV licensed wine-taster, will be the guide for your tour. A California native, she moved to Rome 15 years ago and has been living in Frascati for the last 7 years. While living in Rome, she always searched for the real and authentic Italy she had discovered on trips around the country. Frascati was an amazing find! Only 25 minutes from Rome, but it has an entirely different feel. People are friendly, the food has amazing quality and the wine is 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;)
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!