The Casale del Giglio Wine Estate has strong ties with the ancient hill town of Amatrice. Surrounded by the wooded slopes of the Monti della Laga, Amatrice is famous for its culinary traditions. For Dino Santarelli, founder of the Estate, and his wife Ernesta d’Orazio, Amatrice was home.
When Dino Santarelli was born here, his family had been in the wine business for over a century. In the early days of the last century Ernesta D’Orazio’s family exported the local ”Pecorino Romano” cheese to North America.
The intense flavour of this cheese combined with that of Amatrice’s traditional cured pork or Guanciale, give “Pasta all’Amatriciana” or “Gricia” its own distinctive taste. The perfect complement to “Gricia” is Antinoo, a blend of luscious Viognier and Chardonnay grapes, aged in barrique.
The Santarelli family, in keeping with the traditions of Amatrice, like to offer their guests this very particular ‘taste experience’.