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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vino Rosato
85% Montepulciano, 10% Aglianico, 5% Tintilia Planted in 2016 Clay, limestone 12 ha total
Vino Rosso
50% Montepulciano, 35% Aglianico, 15% Tintilia Planted in 2016 Clay, limestone 12 ha total
Vino Rosato
80% Montepulciano, 20% Aglianico Planted in 2016 Loam, sand 12 ha total
Vino Rosso
90% Montepulciano, 7% Aglianico, 3% Tintilia Planted in 2016 Clay 12 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres


• Vineyards sit at 300-350 meters elevation and mostly face west
• Farming is organic, without chemical treatments
• Natural cover crop and fertilizer from their own grape pomace and farm animals
• Vines are trained high in the traditional pergola molisana system
• Fruit is hand-harvested
• Grapes are fully de-stemmed
• Spontaneous fermentations with native yeasts and no temperature control for 8-10 days
• Tiny doses of sulfur following fermentation and before bottling
• No green harvest to avoid excessive concentration and high alcohol
• Wines are bottled unfiltered
• “Passatella” refers to a card game from the 17th century that is still played in Casacalenda; the wine’s easy-drinking nature makes it a perfect pairing for this game

Vino Rosato “Passatella”
• Fermented in open-top concrete casks
• Grapes are immediately pressed with a traditional Champagne press
• Ages about 8-9 months in concrete casks

Vino Rosso “Passatella”
• Fermented in open-top wood casks
• Ages about 6 months in large neutral oak casks

Vino Rosato “Torre-Kalena”
• Fermented in 500L botte with regular bâttonage in the first months
• Ages in older, 500L botte for 12 months and 6 months in bottle
• Grapes come from the highest and best part of the vineyard with south/western exposure

Vino Rosso “Torre-Kalena”
• Fermented in open top wood casks
• Grapes are pressed with a traditional Champagne press as soon as the fermentation ends (after 10-12 days)
• Ages for 24 months in 50 hL wood casks and about 12 months in bottle
• Grapes come from the lower part of the hill, with western exposure


Molise is Italy’s second-smallest region by both population and area, after Valle d’Aosta. It ranks sixteenth out of twenty in output by volume and seventeenth in vineyard area planted.

The name Steiger-Kalena is a combination of Giulio and Margarita’s surname with the old name for Casacalenda, Kalena.

General Information

Vino Rosso, Vino Rosato
Giulio Steiger
Annual Production
3,000 cases
Organic (certified)
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