Terroir

Our Land

"Enhancing soil vitality, because that’s where everything comes from".

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Tenuta Casadei’s grounds rise in two different areas, and hence feature distinct characters. The uphill vineyards grow in a red and bronze-colored soil that boasts violet and bluish reflections and is rich in iron, manganese and magnesium. The Mediterranean climate, sea air, warmth of the sun and harmonious balance of mineral compounds create a unique terroir that is able to yield fine, sapid, fruity wines. The vineyards further down in the valley thrive in sandier alluvial soils, better suited for the production of elegant cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and cabernet franc.

Our Vineyards

At Casadei we regard our grounds as a harmonious, well-balanced space to work, produce, and live.

Rich in clay, silt and minerals. Suvereto’s soil offers the ideal conditions to farm classic and international varieties such as merlot, grenache, mourvèdre, syrah, ansonica and moscato. The vineyards south of Suvereto grow in sandier pebble-rich alluvial soils that perfectly suit cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. The sun takes care of warming and shedding light on the vineyards, aided by the sea breeze and typically Mediterranean microclimates that characterize the area. Man takes care of applying ethical farming practices, together with his animals and in compliance with the BioIntegrale method. Thus, Tenuta Casadei’s wines come into existence. Elegant, powerful, supple. And virtuous.

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The Climate

A remarkable location, close to the coast and sheltered by the hills that rise on the north-eastern side of the property: the sea and the highlands are what shapes the Estate’s climate. 

A typical Mediterranean climate: warm sunshine softened by sea breezes and healthy temperature ranges. Slightly hilly terrains, shielded by gentle hills to the northeast and sun-kissed from dawn to dusk. Stefano Casadei traveled extensively before choosing this spot for his farm and winery, and today the vines he planted grow and flourish luxuriantly. The heat and light of the sun, evermore intense because reflected by the sea, allow the grapes to ripen perfectly, developing high levels of polyphenols and burning the pyrazine content off. This unique climate allows Tenuta Casadei wines to be what they are: elegant and mature, fruity, opulent.

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Zone

Alta Maremma

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Tuscan Maremma

Gentle hills dotted with villages, the sea beckoning from afar, sleek cypress trees, fields redolent with wild herbs, rambling olive groves and sweeping vineyards as far as the eye can see. Largely unspoiled, and endowed with lyrical vistas and thriving traditions, Tuscany’s Alta Maremma has been forever devoted to the farming of vines. The Etruscans were the very first to grow vines in Maremma, and today that mysterious population’s culture still echoes throughout their namesake coast. “La costa degli Etruschi” land of beaches, pine forests, crystal waters, and areas of grandiose environmental value. The Romans followed the Etruscans, later replaced by the local farmers and landowners, who carried the tradition of Maremman viticulture on, generation after generation.

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Suvereto

A tiny, exquisite medieval village, with about 3000 inhabitants, on the slopes of the hills that look onto the Etruscan coast. Suvereto rises in a wine-scented area between the russet-hued Metalliferous Hills and the deep blue sea, up to the contours of Elba and Montecristo. Time-honored wisdom and industrious hands, ingenuity and gifted minds are what lies behind the local wine production, a tradition that recounts the astounding biodiversity of its people as of its soil. The surroundings of Suvereto comprise an open-air museum that celebrates the Tuscan farming culture beyond stereotypes. Ancient grains, honey, vegetables, aromatic herbs, extra virgin olive oil, wines, cheeses, tell us about strenuous work and seasonal transhumances, alongside brilliant intuitions.

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