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Casavecchia

If there is such a thing as a mysterious grape variety with its own magic, it is Casavecchia. Almost nothing is known about its origins except for the legend of an old plant which probably survived the dreadful epidemics of oidium and phylloxera. It was rediscovered, according to farmers, among some ancient ruins in Pontelatone. Found inside the remains of a sort of “ortus conclusus” (or walled garden) near the ancient via Latina which connected Capua and Alife, that plant, with a trunk 40 centimetres across, would give birth to all the others.

Following an age old technique recommended by Columella, a branch was planted in the ground thereby taking root and eventually growing a new vine. Meaning "Old House", the name Casavecchia comes from its place of rediscovery. It could even be hypothesized that this species of vine was the basis of a famous wine of Roman times, "Trebulanum", coming from Trebula baliniensis, an Oscan village that existed near the contemporary Treglia, near of Pontelatone.

 

Trebulanum, considered by Pliny to be one of the best Italian wines, grew exactly in what is now the area bounded by Pontelatone, Formicola, Liberi and Castel di Sasso - still today the homeland of Casavecchia, a wine of great personality and recognition.