Ripe cherries, plum, chocolate and vanilla. Flavors from appassimento grapes in harmony with oak results in the powerful and intense character of Casa Marrone Appassimento.
Before arriving at your table, all of our wines are sealed by hand with the traditional spago. “Spago” means string in Italian. The technique dates back to the time when it was used to hold the cork in place.
How we made this wine
Just outside the historical trulli houses of white stone and neighbour with the Adriatic sea, you will find our vineyards. The grapes enjoy a long and warm summer, cooled by soft sea breezes. Under clear skies, it is easy to grow wine grapes with organic methods, keeping the soils healthy and alive.
As mornings turn slightly cooler in the middle of September, the grapes have reached their perfect ripeness. Now, it is time to begin the ‘Appassimento’ process. Consequently, the grapes are left to dry on the vine for two weeks under the Italian sun before they are picked by hand. During this time, they acquire aromas of dried fruit and lose around half of their weight. Resulting in a rich wine with an intense flavor.
When arriving to the winery, the grapes will ferment to a finished wine and then spend some time in oak. This will make the wine smoother and add aromas of vanilla, cocoa beans and spice.
Casa Marrone Appassimento is made of grapes thay you will barely find outside of Italy: 30 % Montepulciano, 20 % Negroamaro, and 20 % Uva di Troia. The remaining 40 % is a field blend of Lambrusco, Sangiovese and Merlot. While Montepulciano adds juicy aromas of red fruit, Negroamaro and Uva di Troia bring power and structure.