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Casetta

The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Lambrusco a Foglia Tonda, Lambrusco Casetta and Maranela. In spite of apparently indicative synonyms, it should not be confused with the Enantio (Lambrusco a Foglia Frastagliata) or Foglia Tonda varieties. It is also not related to any of the many Lambrusco varieties. According to one hypothesis, the variety was selected from wild vines. The medium ripening vine is susceptible to fungal diseases, especially botrytis. It produces red wines rich in alcohol, tannins and acids, with a variety of aromas of dried plums, maraschino cherries, cinnamon, tobacco and musk. The variety was once widespread in Trentino and Veneto. Due to its susceptibility to disease, the stock declined sharply and the vine was on the verge of extinction in the 1960s. In the 1990s, vines over 100 years old were discovered and a reactivation was started with the support of the Viticulture Institute of San Michele all'Adige. The variety is authorised for Valdadige Terradeiforti DOC wine. In 2016, 14 hectares were designated (Kym Anderson).

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