The Cabernet Franc vine originates in the Gironde area, in France. It is very present in the north-east, in particular in Friuli, in Trentino and in Veneto.
The Cabernet Sauvignon vine has Bordeaux origin, especially from the Médoc and Graves areas. It is particularly suitable for the production of wines of remarkable quality and great longevity. It gives color intense wines, rich in tannins and aromatic substances, and predisposed to long aging.
Chardonnay is a vine native to France, specifically from Burgundy and Champagne. It has spread rapidly throughout northern Italy, particularly in areas with a sparkling wine vocation.
The Glera vine is the forerunner of Prosecco and originates from the Carso, near Trieste, where it was cultivated already in Roman times. Later it spread throughout the province of Treviso, especially in the hilly and piedmont area, including the Venetian plain. It has spread quickly due to its peculiarities as it is suitable for sparkling wine.
Merlot is a black berry vine, originating from the Gironde, in the South-West of France, and in particular of the Bordeaux area. In Italy, Merlot came in the late 1800s in Friuli Venezia-Giulia, and then spread rapidly in Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige where it found ideal environmental conditions. It is now widespread in many other regions, with surprising results.
Pinot Grigio as a white wine can boast of an important parent. In fact, it is a gemstone mutation of Pinot Noir. Its characteristic gray color tending to pink gives rise to coppery colored wines. Terroir, that is the set of factors that make the production conditions of a particular area unique and unrepeatable, gives Pinot Grigio different peculiarities.
This vine owes its name to the Prosecco village, on the Carso, near Trieste, where Glera grapes have been grown since Roman times. Later it spread throughout the province of Treviso, especially in the hilly and piedmont area, including the Venetian plain. It has spread quickly due to its peculiarities as it is suitable for sparkling wine.
The Raboso grape is a native vine of the province of Treviso, presumably derived from the domestication of wild vines that grew spontaneously on the hills around the Piave river. Its name derives from "rabbioso", that is the impression people had when tasting the wine produced by this grape, which stood out for its acidity and tannins, which combined together give a decidedly astringent effect.
Verduzzo is a vine that has become widespread in the provinces of Treviso and Venice in the 1900s, coming from the nearby Friuli, where it has always been cultivated.
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The Castelletto vineyards, grouped in a single large body of 15 hectares, are all located south-east of Treviso, near the border with Venice, between the Belluno Dolomites and the Venetian lagoon. The soil rich in limestone, clay and organic substance gives the wines body and structure while maintaining the elegance that characterizes them.
The plants are in modern style with more than 3000 vines per hectare and with not very strong rootstocks to guarantee the quality of the grapes.
There are several main varieties of grapes currently present: Prosecco, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Manzoni Bianco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Raboso and Verduzzo.
The vines in turn are divided into several clones which, together with the terroir factor, express their olfactory and gustatory characteristics in different ways.