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Le Casematte

Founded in 2008 by Gianfranco Sabbatino and Andrea Barzagli, Le Casematte is situated within the Messina Province of Sicily.  

The winery owes its name to the presence of two small forts or ‘pillboxes’ situated in the vineyard that date back to WW2. 

Gianfranco Sabbatino is an accountant by profession and a winemaker by passion. He was later joined by Andrea Barzagni, who is an ex-football player from Florence who shares a passion for Sicilian wine.  

With a production of just 50,000 bottles a year, Le Casematte’s philosophy is that ‘Small is beautiful.’


The Vineyard

The vineyard, at an altitude between 820 and 1215, overlooks the Straight of Messina, the stretch of sea that separates Calabria from Sicilia.

The winds coming from the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, that cross in the facing Straight of Messina, create a particular microclimate that greatly favours the temperature range between day and night, even in midsummer, so as not to thermally stress the vines during the delicate ripening phase.

Le Casematte’s currently has 14 hectares under vine, grown with Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Nocera, Nero d’Avola, Grillo and Caricante.

The winery exercises organic farming and limit the use of small oak barrels and new wood in order to obtain fresh, terroir driven wines that best express the peculiarities of these indigenous grape varieties.

The Wines

Le Casematte Grillo DOC Sicilia 2023, 75cl

Bright straw yellow in colour. The nose boasts notes of white and yellow-fleshed fruit, floral aromas of mimosas and chamomile, mineral aromas, and Mediterranean herbs. On the palate, the wine is fresh and tangy with pleasant fruit and a long, invigorating finale heightened by lively citrus notes.

100% Grillo fermented and matured in stainless steel for six months. The wine spends a further two months in bottle before release.

Le Casematte Peloro Bianco Doc Sicilia 2023, 75cl
A persistent bouquet of iodine mineral notes combined with aromas of white and yellow pulp fruit, alongside floral nuances of mimosa and chamomile and Mediterranean herbs. The palate is fresh and savoury, vibrant with acidity and rich in fruit.
Grillo 65%, Caricante 35% fermented separately and matured in stainless steel for four to six months. After blending, the wine spends another three months in bottle before release.

Pharis Grillo Sicilia D.O.C.

Dense and complex on the nose with clear hints of citrus fruit, yellow fruit and elderflower, alongside aromatic herbs, and a light spiciness. Gritty and deep the sip, savoury and enveloping, punctuated by a nice acid boost, with fresh citrus on the finish.

100% Grillo matured in 500-liter French oak barrels and concrete vats. The wine is aged for a further 10 months in bottle before release. 

Nero D’Avola DOC Sicilia IGP 2021

Brilliant ruby red in colour with violet reflections. The nose has generous aromas of small red berries, floral and herbal fragrances as well liquorice spice. On the palate, the wine has fresh acidity, rich fruity flavours, mineral notes, and vibrant tannins. Vinification takes place in stainless steel. The wine ages in stainless steel for six months and three to four months in bottle.

Le Casematte Peloro Rosso IGP Terre Siciliane 2021

A splendid ruby red colour with violet tints. Persistent aromas of small red fruit, floral notes, and liquorice. The palate is fresh with acidity, rich in fruit and with fine tannins. 

Assemblage: Nerello Mascalese 70%, Nocera 30% fermented in steel then matured in oak for three months and a further three months in bottle.

Le Casematte Faro Doc 2021, 75cl

A splendid ruby red colour. A bouquet of red berry fruit, floral notes and lifted aromas of mediterranean maquis and spices, especially nutmeg and pepper. The palate shows great balance, with fine tannins and pleasant ripe and juicy fruit which gives it a long and deep finish.

Assemblage:  Nerello Mascalese 55%, Nerello Cappuccio 25%, Nocera 10%, Nero d’avola 10%. Aged in French oak barrels for 9 months and matured for a further 6 months in bottle.

Le Casematte Nanuci Rosso IGP Terre Siciliane 2021, 75cl

A splendid ruby red colour with a bouquet of perfumed small red berry fruit, stoney minerality and spiced tobacco. The palate is fresh, rich, persistent with sweet ripe tannins. 

Nocera 100% fermented in steel.  The wine is then partly matured in steel as well as oak for 18 months. It is aged for a further 6 months in bottle before release. 


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