In 1967, Dino Santarelli founded Casale del Giglio at Le Ferriere, a hamlet close to the ancient city of Satricum in the province of Latina some 50 km south of Rome. This was a virgin territory ripe for viticultural exploration. Since the early 1990s, Dino’s son Antonio and a young enologist Paolo Tiefenthaler from Trentino have achieved remarkable results from an intense program of research and experimentation. As a result of Casale del Giglio’s research, the European Community authorized the cultivation of several non-native international varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the province of Latina. The mineral rich red clay and alluvial soils are well suited to all of these varietals.
Today Casale del Giglio can be credited with nearly single-handedly reawakening interest in Lazio as a wine producing region. Over 25 years ago, the dynamic duo of owner A. Santarelli and P. Tiefenthaler began to grow varietals such as Shiraz and Petit Verdot long before these grapes gained international notoriety. The results have proven them right, as the wines produced by Casale del Giglio are considered to be among the finest from the region. The winery is certified organic by Suolo E Natura.