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True connoisseurs don’t just drink wine, they taste secrets.CASEMATTE: A WINERY ON THE STRAIT

Casematte is a winery located in the large territory of Messina, which was funded in 2008 thanks to the concept and to the obstinacy of Gianfranco Sabbatino, who is an accountant by profession and a winemaker by passion. He involved in this project also his friend Andrea Barzagli with his enthusiasm. Their big challenge is to bring back Faro Doc, the historic local wine.

Red, White and Rose WineOUR WINES

We only produce 50,000 bottles a year, in order to be faithful to our “small is beautiful” philosophy

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LE CASEMATTEFaro DOC

  • Grape varietiesNerello Mascalese 55%, Nerello Cappuccio 25%, Nocera 10%, Nero d’avola 10%
  • Growing systemBush- trained / espalier
  • HervestManual in boxes as from third week of September (Mascalese and Cappuccio) , second week (Nocera and Nero d’Avola)
  • VinificationIn truncated conical steel winepresses. Fulling (5 times a day) for a month. Peel pressing. Wine is maintaining in the lees until January of following year and afterwards assemblage is made.
  • RipeningMedium/small size French Oak for 9 months (second step)
  • AgedIn bottle for 6 months
  • Tasting notesA splendid ruby red colored tinged by darker and brighter reflections, it has a bouquet of refined aromas of red berry fruit, floral notes and notes that remind to mediterranean maquis and spices, especially nutmeg and pepper on hints of noble wood perfectly blends. The palate shows very good balance between dense and fine tannins, and a pleasant ripe and juicy fruit which gives it a long and deep finish.
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LE CASEMATTENanuci IGP Terre Siciliane Rosso

  • Grape varietiesNocera 100%
  • Growing systemBush- trained / espalier
  • HervestManual in boxes as from third week of September
  • VinificationIn truncated conical steel winepresses. Fulling (5 times a day) for a month. Peel pressing. Wine is maintaining in the lees until January of following year and afterwards assemblage is made.
  • RipeningSteel with a subsequent passage in wood for about 18 months
  • AgedIn bottle for 6 months
  • Tasting notesA splendid ruby red color with a bouquet of pervasive and persistent perfumes of small pink fruit, sea stones on a spicy tobacco. The palate is fresh, rich, persistent and has a large volume of sweet tannins.
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LE CASEMATTERosematte IGP Terre Siciliane

  • Grape varietiesNerello Mascalese 100%
  • Growing systemEspalier
  • HervestManual in boxes as from second week of September
  • VinificationAddition of dry ice and low temperature fermentation for about 15 days. Wine is maintaining in the lees until January of following year and afterwards assemblage is made.
  • RipeningSteel
  • AgedIn bottle for 3 months
  • In bottle for 3 monthsSoft coral-pink color, Le Rosematte smells of small red fruit, in particular currant and wild strawberry, to which are well combined iodine mineral notes and floral scents, and Mediterranean aromatic herbs. Fresh and savory on the palate where the fruit, clear and crunchy, is enhanced by a bursting acidity that makes the long and satisfying finish particularly pleasant.
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LE CASEMATTEPeloro Bianco DOC Sicilia

  • Grape varietiesGrillo 65%, Caricante 35%
  • Growing systemEspalier
  • HervestManual in boxes as from second week of September
  • VinificationAddition of dry ice and low temperature fermentation for about 15 days. Wine is maintaining in the lees until January of following year and afterwards assemblage is made.
  • RipeningSteel
  • AgedIn bottle for 3 months
  • Tasting notesWine from a refined and persistant bouquet where iodine mineral notes are well combined to aromas of white and yellow pulp fruit, floral nuances, mimosa and chamomile in particular and fresh notes that refer to Mediterranean aromatic herbs. The palate is fresh and savory, vibrant with acidity and rich in fruit, and the finish is long and tonic.
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LE CASEMATTEPeloro Rosso IGP Terre Siciliane

  • Grape varietiesNerello Mascalese 70%, Nocera 30%
  • Growing systemEspalier / bush-trained
  • HervestManual in boxes as from third week of September (Mascalese), second week (Nocera)
  • VinificationIn truncated conical steel winepresses. Fulling (5 times a day) for a month. Peel pressing. Wine is maintaining in the lees until January of following year and afterwards assemblage is made.
  • RipeningSteel with quick passage in wood (new tonneau for 3 months)
  • AgedIn bottle for 3 months
  • Tasting notesA splendid ruby red color with violet tints, giving the nose pervasive and persistent aromas of small pink fruit, floral notes, carrob and liquorice on a spicy hint. The palate is fresh with acidity, rich in fruit and with a dense and nervous tannic texture.
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Our Philosophy

We grow our grapevines in organic farming. Even in the cellar we limit the use of small oak barrels and new wood in order to obtain elegant, territorial wines that best enhance the peculiarities of the original grape varieties.

Grape Varieties

The total extension of the vineyard, about 10 hectares, is cultivated with the Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Nocera and Nero d’Avola varieties, in the percentages provided for by the Faro Doc regulations.

Climate and Territory

The hilly lands where the terracing of our vineyards are located, extending up to about 500 meters above sea level, are exposed to the north and overlook the sea. The winds coming from the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, that cross in the facing Strait of Messina, create a particular microclimate that greatly favors the temperature range between day and night, even in midsummer, so as not to thermally stress our vines during the delicate
ripening phase.

From 2008 to todayOur Story

2008
THE DREAMGianfranco Sabbatino, accountant, started to entertain the idea of investing in the wine sector
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2011
Le CasematteIt is the morning of June 23rd, Gianfranco arrives in Faro to take care of the liquidation of a winery but he immediately falls in love with it and decides to buy it involving also his friend Andrea Barzagli.
2015
La CantinaTHE WINERY - It’ s the year of change for Le Casematte. Gianfranco and Andrea create the new winery and invest to expand the vineyard.
2019
3 Bicchieri3 GLASSES – Gambero Rosso awards with 3 Glasses, the highest recognition, Faro DOC vintage 2017 of Le Casematte

EXPERIENCE THE WINERYVisit Le Casematte

Located in Faro Superiore, our vineyards are located at 500 meters above sea level,
dominating the Strait of Messina and admiring a wonderful panorama.

Tasting events also on request (group of minimum 10 people).

Numbers of Le Casematte

50000
bottles produced
14
hectares cultivated
5
wine labels

Awards and Recognitions

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Contacts

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