Taste Castel de Paolis

Taste wines from Lazio in the first of Vino’s producer tastings this Friday!

Over the last eight years the staff of Vino has spent months away from home traveling the backroads of Italy in search of the best, most representative, regional Italian wines. We are proud of our efforts and happy that so many of our customers have come to trust our judgment and recognize the high quality of our selections. This fall, our free Friday tastings will be devoted to those wines that we have sourced ourselves. Many of the producers that will be featured have garnered plenty of accolades from their European clients but are virtually unknown here in the United States. A number of them are unique to Vino. So, please join us we embark on our fabulous Fall tasting series.

A spectacular view of some of the vineyards belonging to the Castel de Paolis estate.

Though Lazio may not be as revered in winemaking terms as Tuscany, Piedmont or Veneto, wines from the region’s Frascati DOC have long been legend in Rome, and are still favorites among visitors to the Eternal City. Now, a handful of producers in Lazio are reshaping the image of wines from the Castelli Romani, producing bottles to perhaps rival those from Italy’s more celebrated winemaking regions.

Husband-and-wife winemakers Giulio Santarelli and Adriana Croce at the Castel de Paolis winery.

Among these producers is Castel de Paolis, whose estate is located 270 meters above sea level in the hills of Grottaferrata, just south of Rome. The vineyards have been in the Santarelli family since the 1960s, although it wasn’t until 1985, when Giulio Santarelli met Attilio Scienza, a professor at Milan University and director of the prestigious Agricultural Institute of San Michele all’Adige, that the modern Castel de Paolis winery began to evolve.

Following close inspection of Santarelli’s hilly, volcanic terrain, Scienza suggested a complete overhaul of its 13 hectares, uprooting underperforming vines and replacing them with both out-of-favor local grapes and successful international varieties. This long period of experimentation resulted in a superior crop, the commercial rebirth of the winery in 1993, and the start of a re-evaluation of Lazio’s wines.

This week’s tasting
This Friday afternoon at Vino sample four wines from Castel de Paolis. Vino will be pouring the following bottles from 5:30pm.

Campovecchio Bianco 2007
A blend of seven varieties all indigenous to the region of Lazio: Malvasia del Lazio, Bellone, Romanesca, Bonvino, Passerina, Grechetto,Trebbiano Giallo.

Donna Adriana 2007
In Lazio, they call the Malvasia puntinata, meaning “speckled”, because of its distinctive reddish spots. Named after Giulio Santarelli’s wife Adriana Croce, this wine is made from local clones of the grape with the addition of some Viognier and Sauvignon.

Campovecchio Rosso 2005
Castel de Paolis’ red Campovecchio is a blend made predominantly from Shiraz, with smaller quantities of Cesanese d’Affile, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Sangiovese.

I Quattro Mori 2001
A blend of Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, aged in new and old oak before bottling.

FREE Castel de Paolis Tasting
Friday, September 12

121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or visit our website, Vinosite.com.


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