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Cesanese

Cesanese is an Italian red grape variety with a long history of winemaking in the Lazio region, but only in recent decades, the grape variety is rediscovered as a variety that makes high quality wines. There are two distinctive types of Cesanese, the more common and large-berried Cesanese Commune, and higher quality but less common Cesanese di Affile.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Cesanese has a deep ruby-red colour with hints of purple. The aromas are intense and aromatic, with notes of blackberry, cherry, black pepper and violet. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, with juicy red fruit flavours, soft tannins and balanced acidity.

Fresh Cesanese grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Cesanese is mainly grown in the Lazio region of Italy, particularly in the provinces of Roma, Frosinone and Latina. It is also found in Tuscany and Umbria. Cesanese is known to be a difficult grape to cultivate, mostly because it is hard to ripe, even in the sunny Lazio region. When it reaches full ripeness, it is able to produce wines of great potential. Historically, Cesanese is used to make a variety of styles, including a light and fruity rosé, a dry and savoury red and a sweet, fortified passito. Today, winemakers appy a more quality-focused approach to make Cesanese dry wine. Cesanese del Piglio DOCG, Cesanese di Olevano Romano DOC and Cesanese di Affile are the examples of Cesanese wines. Cesanese pairs well with a variety of Italian dishes, such as pasta with red sauce, pizza and grilled meats. It is also an excellent choice for roasted vegetables and hard cheeses.

Foods to pair with Cesanese:

Smoky
Beef
Cheese
Sausage
Pizza
Fun Fact about Cesanese
Cesanese is believed to have originated in the Lazio region in the 4th century BC. It was first mentioned in documents from the 9th century AD.

Top Wines with Cesanese

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Corte dei Papi San Magno Cesanese del Piglio

Corte dei Papi

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San Magno is a wine crafted from Cesanese d’Affile grapes sourced from intensely spaced vineyards in selected micro-areas within the Anagni municipality. Fermentation is carried out at a temperature of 25-26°C to achieve optimal color extraction and varietal aromas. Post-fermentation, a warm maceration is performed while the must is still on the skins, enhancing the wine's gustatory pleasantness. Following malolactic fermentation, which stabilizes the product and improves the organoleptic sensations of softness and volume, San Magno matures for 12 months in French oak barriques, followed by an additional 6 months in stainless steel before bottling. It can be enjoyed for many years after bottling.
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Food Pairing:
beef
grilled meats
hard cheeses
pasta
roasted vegetables
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Costa Graia Piglio San Giovanni Natural

Costa Graia

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Costa Graia Piglio San Giovanni is a remarkable wine that showcases the best of its appellation. Crafted in the Piglio region, this wine is produced by a passionate and skilled winemaker who has mastered the art of winemaking. The vineyard where the grapes are grown boasts unique features, such as its ideal microclimate and well-drained soil, which contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the finest grapes and a meticulous fermentation process, resulting in a wine that is elegant and full-bodied. Costa Graia Piglio San Giovanni is known for its rich flavors, balanced acidity, and velvety tannins, making it a perfect choice for wine enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated and memorable experience.
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Food Pairing:
grilled meats
pasta
roasted vegetables
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