Casavecchia, native Italian red wine grape. Casavecchia (“old house”) owes its name to the discovery of a unknown centenary vine by a farmer, at the end of the 19th-century, outside the ruins of an ancient Roman home near the town of Pontelatone, in northern Campania’s province of Caserta.

Where grown | Campania: In the countryside north of Caserta, surrounding the towns of Castel di Sasso, Formicola, Liberi, and Pontelatone. The Casavecchia di Pontelatone DOC is made from 85-100% Casavecchia. It also features in the Terre del Volturno IGT.

Viticulture | Casavecchia has medium-large bunches, medium-small berries.

Wine style | Casavecchia is discreetly aromatic. Typical aromas include field herbs, bay leaf, rosemary, dried mushrooms, green peppercorns, oregano.

Bibliography

See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.