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Casa dei Reti

Veneto, Italy

The first mention of “Retico” comes from Cato the Elder, who used it to identify a highly regarded wine. This fact has been confirmed by several sources that also point to a wine production zone in the Veronese region at the foot of the Rhaetian territory, a part of northeastern Italy divided into many communities and whose people were most probably descendants of the Etruscans.

Starting at the end of the 2nd century BC, both Aulus Cornelius Census and Columella lauded the virtues of the Rhaetian grape. Rhaetian wine gained acceptance by Virgil (who considered it second only to the celebrated Falerno wine), by Strabo (Greco-Roman geographer), Martialis (extravagant poet), and the historian, Suetonius, who through his writings suggested that Emperor Augustus had a particular affinity for this wine.

Pliny the Elder has provided us with some specifics regarding the Rhaetian grape. The Rhaetian vine is a very fruitful plant that prefers a temperate climate and owing to its great affinity for its own territory, when transplanted in other countries loses all of its glory and good qualities.

Casa dei Reti celebrates the great wines of the Veronese region. Meticulous care of the hillside vineyards, careful selection of the grapes, and vinification according to the centuries-old traditions of the territory are the pillars of the production philosophy.  In this way, fresh, fruity, and vertical wines that are the pure expression of the territory are born.  These are everyday, gastronomic wines that are also well-structured, elegant, and age well. They are great ambassadors of a territory rich in history and wine-growing culture.