Nestled within the picturesque heart of Italy, the Casteller DOC is a region renowned for its rich viticultural history, where the interplay between nature and winemaker produces some of the most exquisite wines in the world. The terrain here speaks of time – of age-old traditions that are carried forth by the wind, echoing through the vineyards, and finally settling in the very essence of the wines produced.
The environment of Casteller DOC is a testament to nature's magnificence. Gentle slopes caress the horizon, allowing vines to bask in optimal sunlight, while the soil – fertile and generous – nurtures the vines, imparting distinct characteristics to each grape. As the seasons change, the landscape transforms into a painter's palette, with hues of green, gold, and auburn painting a captivating picture.
Of the vines that flourish in this idyllic setting, five red grape varieties stand out, each contributing its unique voice to the region's wine symphony. The robust Lagrein, with its deep color and velvety texture; Lambrusco, offering a lively effervescence and vibrant red fruit flavors; Merlot, with its soft tannins and plush red fruit palette; the delicate Schiava, whose lightness and cherry notes dance gracefully on the palate; and the intense Teroldego, known for its deep ruby hue and rich, dark fruit profile.
These grape varieties, each one a star in its own right, come together in the Casteller DOC to weave stories of legacy, passion, and nature's bounteous gift. As each bottle is uncorked, it reveals not just the flavor of the wine, but the spirit of a land that has been kissed by the sun, caressed by the breeze, and blessed by time.
In the Casteller DOC, altitude is a key factor for climatic conditions:
In the lower areas, where the vineyards are usually concentrated, the climate is colder during the winter, while in summer, the climate is warm.
In the Alto Garda area and the Sarca valley, on the other hand, the climate is rather sub-Mediterranean temperate, with average rainfall between 900 and 1000 mm.
The region's soils are mostly composed of calcareous and stony detritus, with good drainage and aeration.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Lagrein, Lambrusco, Merlot, Schiava, Teroldego
In the rolling hills of Casteller DOC, a wine of distinct character and charm emerges – Rosso. Crafted with a minimum of 50% Merlot, it dances on the palate with a medley of flavors. The marriage of this noble grape with Lagrein, Lambrusco a Foglia Frastagliata, Schiava (Gentile or Grossa), or Teroldego creates a symphony of aromas, each contributing its unique essence.
Rosso's velvety texture and rich undertones tell a tale of the terroir – the sun-drenched slopes and gentle winds that caress the vineyards. With each sip, it reveals layers of dark berries, hints of spice, and a touch of earthiness. The amalgamation of grapes offers a harmonious balance that speaks to the winemaker's artistry.
As you raise your glass of Casteller DOC Rosso, you're transported to a place where tradition and innovation unite. It's a wine that embodies the essence of the land, the grapes, and the skilled hands that guide its creation. In this bottle, you taste not only the flavors but also the spirit of Casteller, a wine region that celebrates its heritage with every drop.