Italian wine and grape guide : Casetta


The Casetta is a native vine of Vallagarina, situated between the provinces of Trento and Verona, and certainly derives from the domestication of wild vines. In fact one of its synonyms is “Lambrusco a foglia tonda”, which is in contrast to the Enantio or Lambrusco a foglia frastagliata, spread in the same territory. It is particularly widespread among the municipalities of Ala and Avio, in the province of Trento, and Dolcè, Rivoli and Brentino Belluno in the province of Verona. It seems that the vine takes its name from a family of Marani Ala (TN), known for cultivating this variety on their farms. The Casetta has strains particularly long-lived, and it is not uncommon to find productive plants dating about 70 years ago. The berry is black medium-large, elliptical with medium thin, blue-black skin. The bunch is medium, conical, winged, and sparse with a medium, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf. The Casetta vine prefers hilly terrain, no more than 400 m above sea level, and with good exposure. It is not very sensitive to the cold, but the delicacy of its buds makes it sensitive to spring frosts. The Casetta grape gives an intense ruby red wine, fruity with plant notes. The palate is full-bodied and with good tannins, rich in alcohol and acidity, and with good predisposition to aging.

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