The Casale Marchese estate, which extends over more than 50 hectares is dedicated mainly to specific grape cultivars. It is situated in the heart of the Frascati DOCG zone and overlooks one of the most charming landscapes of Rome and the Tuscolo hills, where vineyards interweave with ancient olive groves. The terrain is of volcanic origin and is ideal for this kind of crop as it has excellent drainage and varied exposures.
Grapes have always been 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 and whose 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: malvasia puntinata, malvasia di candia, trebbiano toscano, greco, bombino, and bellone. In recent years, international cultivars have also been planted, including chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.