Casetta, native Italian red wine grape. Casetta’s name, which means little house, probably derives from the typically human endeavor of growing wild grapes near one’s home.

Where grown | Trentino & Veneto: Casetta was once very common in Trentino’s Vallagarina, south of the city of Trento. Today it is grown mainly on the right bank of the Adige River (around the towns of Avio, Ala, and Rovereto). It also grows in Veneto (near Verona, and in the countryside around Brentino and Belluno).

The vine | Medium-small bunches and small, almost oval berries. Characterized by good vigor and productivity; budbreak is early, it is also sensitive to grey rot, but is resistant to peronospora (downy mildew) and oidium (powdery mildew).

Wines | Terre dei Forti DOC. IGT blends such as Delle Venezie, Vallagarina, and Vigneti delle Dolomiti.

Wine style | Casetta is characterized by high, very juicy acidity and bright red fruit, with vinous and grapey flavors and aromas. With age it picks up increased notes of tobacco and minerals.

Bibliography

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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.165-6.