(LE FERRIERE – LATINA) Casale del Giglio is an iconic Lazio winery that produces wines from indigenous and international vines. The owner Antonio Santarelli and the oenologist Paolo Tiefenthaler take care of this jewel in Agro Pontino.
History of Casale del Giglio wines
Many celebrities have spoken, with undisguised irony, of their “overnight success”, obviously the result of many years of commitment, hard work and sacrifices. Antonio Santarelli could tell a similar story, but in this case the success comes from far away, from generations of work in a complex field, and the success of the last thirty years is only the well-deserved reward for his intuitions and for his fervent self-denial, which obviously paid off.
The story begins in fact back in 1914 with the establishment of the Berardino Santarelli & Figli company in Amatrice. The company then moved to Rome.
The expansion, as in all well-managed companies, was a spontaneous consequence and therefore in 1955 Dino Santarelli decided to bottle the typical wines of Lazio. Casale del Giglio was founded in 1967, an intuition, little shared at the time, which saw significant potential in the Agro Pontino area, and then moved there to develop it.
The Philosophy of Casale del Giglio wines
An important aspect in the philosophy of Casale del Giglio wines is respect for the environment and biodiversity. In fact, the company operates a quality viticulture with high planting density and the rejection of invasive herbicides and synthetic products, mainly using copper and sulfur as in an organic regime. Casale del Giglio’s commitment to the environment is also testified by the construction in 2010 of a photovoltaic system that makes the winery almost totally independent in terms of energy.
Another very important aspect in the philosophy of Casale del Giglio wines is the enhancement of the territory, making wine from both international and native grape varieties. The vinifications have a modern approach, and include fermentation with indigenous yeasts, pumping over, délestage, refinements on the noble lees and passages in French oak barriques and tonneaux.
Antonio Santarelli, with the advice and support of Paolo Tiefenthaler and Attilio Scienza, adopts these choices meticulously with the precise aim of skilfully combining quality and quantity. This is how the wines of Casale del Giglio were born: an important line of high-level wines, with a good value for money, able to tell the enological potential of Lazio and compete with more renowned and appreciated labels on a global level.
The Terroir of the wines of Casale del Giglio
Success cannot be measured in mere numbers, but those of Casale del Giglio are truly impressive. The total area planted with vines now amounts to about 450 acres and, Paolo Tiefenthaler is generally recognized as one of the most important oenologists working in central Italy. For good reasons it is now responsible for the production of 20 different wine labels but also different grappas and an extra virgin olive oil.
The success of a winery derives from the ability of men to interpret the potential of the territory, which in Agro Pontino offers ideal conditions to give life to wines of great Mediterranean character and mineral flavor.
The 180 hectares of vineyards are placed on clayey, sandy and volcanic soils distributed in a horseshoe shape around the winery’s farmhouse. The climate is breezy Mediterranean and favored by the thermo-regulating action of the nearby Mediterranean Sea, which caresses the vines with its sea breeze, mitigating excess heat in the summer months.
The wines of Casale del Giglio
The range of Casale del Giglio wines is very wide and includes international grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Viognier, Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot, but also Syrah and Tempranillo. Among the native vines typical of Lazio vinified by Casale del Giglio we can find the Biancolella di Ponza, the Bellone di Anzio and the Cesanese di Olevano Romano.
Of great interest among the wines of Casale del Giglio is the ‘Mater Matuta’, based on Syrah, one of the most compelling interpretations of this vine in Italy. Not least the ‘Madreselva’, a very engaging Bordeaux blend with silky tannins, made up of the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
The Anthium ‘from the autochthonous Bellone grape should be taken into consideration: a wine of great olfactory eloquence that outlines citrus nuances and aromatic herbs on the nose, spreads savory and enveloping on the palate.
Also very captivating ‘Matidia’, which maximizes the expressive potential of the native red grape variety par excellence, Cesanese, giving life to a wine of unusual elegance and territorial character.
In fact, at the instigation of Santarelli, Casale del Giglio has bet a lot on indigenous varieties that are not very much appreciated, enjoying great success and helping to tell the world about the enological potential of this territory. A model company, in short, that has developed and established both international and indigenous grapes in an area where quality wine was little known. Wines of great precision and expressiveness and excellent value for money, need to add more?
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Info & Contacts Casale del Giglio
Address: Str. Nettunense, 791, 04100 Le Ferriere, Latina
Tel: +39 0692902530