Duane McLaughlin

Hidden Gems: Rome’s Lesser-Known Wine Spots

Venture off the beaten path to discover Rome's secret wine bars and local favorites.

Quaint, off-the-beaten-path wine bar in Rome

Greetings, fellow wine adventurers! Duane McLaughlin here, ready to take you on a tour of Rome’s lesser-known, yet utterly charming wine spots. Forget the tourist traps; today we explore the hidden gems where locals go to sip and savor.

1. Il Vinaietto

First up, Il Vinaietto, a historic hole-in-the-wall near Campo de' Fiori. This tiny spot is a local favorite for its vast selection of reasonably priced wines and its no-frills, friendly atmosphere.

2. La Vineria

Hidden in the winding streets near Piazza Navona, La Vineria is a quaint enoteca that feels like a well-kept secret. With a focus on small, independent wineries, it's the perfect place to discover new favorites.

3. Enoteca Trastevere

In the heart of Trastevere, Enoteca Trastevere is a gem for those who appreciate a good glass of wine in a cozy, unpretentious setting. Their selection of Italian wines is exceptional, and the staff are always happy to share their knowledge.

4. Il Goccetto

Il Goccetto, though slightly more known, still retains its charm as a local hideaway. With its ancient wooden interiors and an impressive array of wines, it's a must-visit for any wine lover.

Each of these spots offers a unique glimpse into Rome’s vibrant wine culture, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-heavy areas. So, grab your map and let's go wine exploring!