Casale Marchese

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Frascati
People: Alessandro & Ferdinando Carletti, Owners | Ferdinando Carletti, Winemaker


Built over two ancient Roman cisterns, this historic land has been producing grapes at least since 230 BC, and is certainly one of the first places in the world to produce wine. During the Middle Ages, the land belonged to the Annibaldi family. In the Renaissance, it became the home of Marquis Emilio de Cavalieri, and has held the name of Casale Marchese ever since. It’s been in the Carletti family for two centuries. The Carletti focus on traditional Frascati, Grappa, and Cortesia that reveal the winery’s deep roots in the region, while employing state-of-the art winemaking equipment.

The 18th-century mansion on the site is home to the Carletti family in one wing and the winery in another. All vinification, bottling, and packaging happens at the winery. They have both a modern wine cellar and one that dates to the 1700s. Their vineyards cover 50 hectares in the heart of the Frascati DOC zone, overlooking Rome and the Tuscolo hills. With soil of volcanic origin and excellent drainage, many grapes thrive: traditional varietals, such as Malvasia Puntinata, Malvasia di Candia, Trebbiano Toscano, Greco, Bombino, and Bellone; as well as a few internationals, such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. They hand harvest all of their grapes, which are specifically raised to create a concentrated, lower yield.

Their winery was modernized a few years ago, and pressing is performed with constant temperature control in a modern soft press that does not tear the skin, preserving the flavor of the must. The meeting of modern technology and ancient soil creates a powerful balance here; classic wines with contemporary sensibilities.