Frascati DOCG, red wine IGT and dessert wine tastes
Built upon two old Roman cisterns, the Casale Marchese is mentioned in a Seal of Bonifacio VIII (12th of May, 1301).
After, during the Renaissance, the Casale was the main dwelling of marquess Emilio de’ Cavalieri (1550-1602).
Today, the Casale is a property of the Carlettis’ family since two centuries ago. The structure of the building is the same as the one of XVIII century.
There are two wings in the building: in the first, the family Carletti lives, and in the second happens the wine production.
All the process of wine-making, bottling and packaging take place in this place. There are two cellars: the modern one technologically well advanced and the older one perfect for tastes.
Grapes always are grown here. In 230 BC, Marcus Portius Cato, an illustrious citizen of Tusculum known as “the Censor”, advised his fellow countrymen to settle in the area because he said it was an “optima loco”. This was certainly one of the first places in the world to produce wine.
Frascati DOC wine is produced in the hills around Rome, in an area known as the “Castelli Romani”. The territory is at the foot of Mount Tuscolo, where ancient Tusculum once stood, and where the town of Frascati now lies. The name was given to the Designation.
The cultivation techniques used by the winery comply absolutely with the principles of quality winegrowing, respecting the environment and social standards. Casale Marchese vineyards are mainly cultivated with spurred-cordon training, with high-density planting per hectare (4,000-5,000 plants), and short pruning. This ensures the chemo-physical traits of the low yield (1.5-2kg) from the clusters picked from each trunk are well concentrated. Moreover, integrated production standards are applied to cultivation, using only products with low environmental impact.
Varieties grown on the Casale Marchese estate are mostly the traditional types used in the production of Frascati wine. In recent years, international cultivars have also been planted, including chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
You will taste three types of wine, Frascati DOCG, a red wine ICG and a dessert wine, with bread, “panzanella romanesca, ready-sliced meats, cheeses, “porchetta” and local desserts