Velletri is a town south of Castelli Romani (Roman Castles) on a hill facing the flatland to the sea. With this exposition and its volcanic soil, this area is perfect for the cultivation of vines.
Velletri DOC Wine is produced in the area of Velletri, Lariano e part of Cisterna di Latina. It has been recognized as DOC - Denominazione di Origine Controllata in 1972.
The white wine is produced using Malvasia of Candia, the Malvasia of Lazio, Tuscan Trebbiano, Green Trebbiano and Yellow Trebbiano grapes. The red wine is produced using Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Cesanese and Cesanese of Affile grapes.
The DOC Velletri refers to three types of white wine (White, Superior and Sparkling) and to two types of red wine (Red" and Red Reserve).
The Velletri wine is quoted by Livio and was popular with Romans. The Statutes of the municipality of Velletri (end of 1400) contain numerous chapters on wine production process, from the cultivation of the vine until the production and its conservation.
Borgia tells that St Francis passing Velletri in 1222 and miraculously freed the vines from worms (called Magnacozze) that were destroying the plants.