Nero di Vite

This is my home. This is where, for the past 20 years, I have raised my family. The vineyards that surround my home are my family’s “playground.” 18 years ago my first son, Giacomo was born. It was in that moment that I realized it was time for a change. I saw life differently and I decided that my children had to grow up surrounded by unspoilt nature in our beautiful countryside. Out of love and respect came my decision to no longer use any chemicals to cultivate the vineyard – it was the beginning of organic and biodynamic farming for my company.

Today, I could not go back. Wines produced from natural,organic and integrated viticulture, and in general, all things that come from a sustainable production process, are what I like most. It makes me happy and it gives me hope for the future. From this passion, which I have shared with many people I work with, was born a selection of wines. Wines that are produced out of love and respect for all things natural, wines that make me happy and that I am proud to share with anyone who also shares my passion. In this case, actions speak louder than words, so we invite you to taste our wines.

Piergiorgio Castellani

OUR WINES ALL SHARE NATURAL
FARMING AND TRADITIONAL
WINEMAKING PRACTICES,
INCLUDING:

Natural, organic, and biodynamic viticulture/farming

Dry farming, no use of irrigation

Minimal intervention in the vinification and aging

Wild native yeast in fermentation

Minimal filtering/fining

Minimal addition of SO2 (sulfites)

No chemical additives for aroma, color,
flavor or texture enhancement

NO GMOs

100% of the paper we use for our label is FSC certified
(The Forest Stewardship Council) and is produced from raw material obtained through sustainable farming practices.

The labels are printed with non-toxic ink and affixed using bio-friendly, non-toxic glue.

Organic Estate Wines

GRAND NOIR

Tenuta Poggio al Casone

  • THE STORY

    The Grand Noir is a hybrid derived from a cross between Aramond and Petit Bouchet. It was created in 1885 by Henry Bouchet, who baptized it with the name “Grand Noir de la Calmette” in honor of the place where there was his property in the Hérault department. It is a vine with colored berry spread in France in the XX century. While until the sixties it was the fifth grape for extension of hectares, (about 31.000) currently it has almost disappeared from its country of origin. It was introduced in Italy, Tuscany, by Professor Racah at the beginning of the XX century in order to replace Colorino and Tinturier. It was particularly common in the area of the Pisan Hills. Today this type of vine almost disappeared. Thanks to a research of Castellani lasted more than fifteen years years in collaboration with the University of Pisa, the Grand Noir began to grow in Poggio al Casone hills.
  • VINIFICATION & REFINEMENT

    Grand Noir grapes are selected and harvested by hand. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks in contact with the skins for 8-10 days. During the year three rackings are made and the wine is bottled without filtration and refined in bottle for a minimum of twelve months.
  • WINE DESCRIPTION

    Color: Intense ruby red color with purple reflections.
    Bouquet: Very fruity on the nose with hints of strawberry and wild dark fruits.
    Taste: Very spicy and complex with elegant nuances of black pepper and Mediterranean balsamic herbs, light refreshing body with velvety texture.

Fattoria di Travalda

Santa Lucia

  • THE ESTATE

    In the ancient Travalda Estate, name dating back to Roman times, is located the headquarters of the Castellani winery and the vineyard that bears the name of the “Bordelaise blend”.

    The estate is located in the Arno valley a few miles from the coast in the town of Pontedera, expanding logistic area; for this reason this location was chosen in the Seventies to build the bottling plant, the offices and the logistic warehouse. Within the estate there is the “house of the arches”, a nineteenth century rural property where there are the aging cellars of the red wine produced from the grapes grown in the adjacent vineyards. The chioce to dedicate the vineyard to the cultivation of Bordeaux grape varieties comes from the desire to continue the tradition of the Tuscan coast with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as the main varieties of the great coastal “Super Tuscans”. The vineyard is cultivated with organic practices.

  • VINIFICATION and REFINEMENT

    The grapes are hand-picked and selected in crates. They are then vinified blending all the different varietals in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. Maceration with skins for 20 days and delestage every three days. The malolactic fermentation takes place in barrique by 225Lt. After minimum 18 months in barrique the wine is bottled with no filtration and continues its refining in bottle for at least 6 months.
  • WINE DESCRIPTION

    Color: Intense ruby colour.
    Bouquet: Extraordinary floral components with intense notes of geranium and jasmine, red berries, toasted coffee, cinnamon and spices.
    Taste: Rich and full bodied with silky tannins.

L’Antico

Organic Wine

L’Antico di Burchino

CHIANTI

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

  • VINIFICATION

    Wine produced from organic grapes harvested by hand and selection of the best bunches at their best ripeness. Fermentation with skin contact at a controlled temperature of 26-28°C in stainless steel tanks for 15-20 days with wild yeasts. The wine is stored in thermo-conditioned tanks where the wine is assembled and refines for a minimum of 6 months before bottling.
  • WINE DESCRIPTION

    Color: Ruby red wine with purple reflections.

    Bouquet: On the nose it has a surprising bright with strong notes of cherry and spices.

    Taste: Medium bodied wine, soft and pleasant on the palate showing nice freshness and a good balance of fruit, tannins and acidity.

FOR HEALTH

Organic wine contains higher levels of vitamine C, essential minerals and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Tenuta di Santa Lucia

San Gervasio

  • THE ESTATE

    The vineyard of Santa Lucia Estate is located about 100m above sea level between the Valleys of the rivers Arno and Era, on ancient rain-fed soil consisting of layers of tufaceous sands and gravel.

    This land, which rich also in stone in fossil shells, is located about 25 kilometers West of the Tyrrhenian Sea and shows the typical aspects of the meeting place between rivers and sea. The climate is Mediterranean with warm breezes coming from the sea during day and night. This excellent ventilation protect the vineyard from the risk of heat waves determined by recent climate changes. The vineyard is completely surrounded by woods.  The osmotic exchange with the native varieties of Mediterranean maquis allows an interesting occasional aromatic exchange and a greater richness of the interaction between the vineyard and the local wildlife.

  • TOSCANO ROSSO IGT

    Colour: Bright ruby red.
    Bouquet: Very fresh and fruity at nose, with lots of cherry notes.
    Taste: Fairly intense with sweet cherry flavors.
  • TOSCANA IGT CILIEGIOLO

    Colour: Deep ruby red.
    Bouquet: Rich spicy perfumes and black pepper notes with a hint of raisins.
    Taste: Full body balanced taste, very intense and spicy with sweet cherry flavors.
  • VERMENTINO TOSCANA IGT

    Colour: Straw yellow with light golden hues.
    Bouquet: Complex with floral notes and hints of peaches, flowers, sage and rosemary.
    Taste: Persistent, full and well balanced by the mineral notes.

Tenuta Poggio al Casone

Crespina

LA CATTURA

Toscana IGT

La Cattura

  • VINIFICATION & REFINEMENT

    This Tuscan Cru has received great appreciation for its originality and freshness. This wine, whose name has been inspired by the annual capture of wild hares bred in the natural setting of the vineyards, is the expression of an organic agriculture that has renounced to any product or procedure damaging nature, rediscovering the great values of an antique wine-growing process. It is made with a selection of Teroldego and Syrah grapes. It follows the traditional vinification methods and refines for twelve months in oak barrels.
  • WINE DESCRIPTION

    Color: Purple red.
    Bouquet: Notes of red berries, blackberries and hints of white pepper.
    Taste: Medium-bodied, fresh, velvety with well integrated tannins.

HIGH ANIMAL WELFARE

Organic farming is better for wildlife

WINE DOESN’T NEED
TO BE A DIRTY BUSINESS

Organic wine production has many benefits both for the consumer and the environment. Health benefits show that, on average, organic wine contains higher levels of vitamin C, essential minerals and cancer fighting antioxidants.

Organic farming eliminates over 400 pesticide chemicals routinely used in non-organic farming, benefiting the end consumer and the surrounding farmland and wildlife. The use of less chemical spray lowers pollution and lessens carbon dioxide emission, promoting a healthier eco-system which not only benefits the surrounding wildlife but also minimizes trace toxins that remain in the food.

Organic Wines

  • PINOT GRIGIO IGT

    This Pinot Grigio is made with 100% organic grapes, farmed in vineyards meeting all the EU organic criteria. Naturally low in sulfi­tes, this non-GMO wine is made in the South of Italy using traditional methods and modern equipment.

    Bottled and labeled with bio-safe materials. Featuring the new Helix™ re-usable cork seal.

  • PROSECCO DOC

    This Prosecco DOC is made with 100% organic grapes, farmed in vineyards on the hills around Treviso area in Veneto, meeting all the EU organic criteria. It is non-GMO and it is made following Martinotti-Charmat method.

    Bottled and labeled with bio-safe materials.

  • TOSCANA IGT

    This organically grown premium red wine is the product of harvested Tuscan Sangiovese and Syrah grapes. After hand-picking, the grapes are selected and crushed. No oak is used.

    Bottled and labeled with bio-safe materials. Featuring the new Helix™ re-usable cork seal.

Helix: an unexpected twist

Proven, sustainable packaging solution
combining the premium image of cork & glass
with the convenience of easy opening

Reduce Reuse Recycle!

OYNOS

FROM SICILY

  • NERO D'AVOLA - MERLOT

    Colour: Inky red.
    Bouquet:
    Intense notes of black cherries and berries.
    Taste:
    Velvety and rich with soft tannins.
  • PINOT GRIGIO

    Colour: Straw yellow with greenish reflections.
    Bouquet: Fresh and rich fruity aromas of apple and pear with a hint of citrus fruit that fade into the floral bouquet.
    Taste: Fresh and fruity, very clean and crisp.
  • SYRAH

    Colour: Very deep red.
    Bouquet: Intense bouquet of red berries, black pepper and cinnamon.
    Taste: Round and rich in soft tannins.

OYNOS

ORGANIC BLENDS

 

Red Blend

Made With Organic Grapes

Ruby red colour, bouquet of ripe fruit with hints of black currant and strawberry. Fresh, fragrant, fruity on palate.

A red wine suitable for any occasion.

White Blend

Made With Organic Grapes

Pale straw yellow colour with greenish reflections. Floral and fresh bouquet with flavours of peach, honey and apricot.

Ideal with salads and appetizers. Great with poultry and fish dishes. Especially suitable for pairing with vegetarian and vegan dishes.

FOUR FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BLENDS

Blends are known to be interesting and complex types of wine: they usually consist of at least 40-50% of one type of grape and a smaller mix of two or more different grapes.

Blending add complexity to wines as it is useful to maximize the expression of a wine, enhancing its aromas, colour, texture, body and finish, making the wine more well-rounded and complex.

The winemaker decides what he thinks it will be the best formula for a blend. Creating the perfect blend also depends on the characteristics of the vintage and the expression of each grape. The possibility for combinations that result in a quality blend are endless.

The timeline for mixing wines can vary: some winemakers mix blends in a steel tank one to two weeks before bottling. Some other try letting the wines ferment together from start to finish. The goal is to develop the best out of every wine.

THE MYSTERIES OF MINERALITY

In a playful formula

[CC+SS+A] – [E+T] – [O²] = Minerality

CC is Cool Climate

SS is Stony Soils,

A is Acid,

E + T are the fruity aspects of wine in Esters and Thiols

O² is Oxygen

More briefly, look for wines that come from stony soils and cool climates, have marked acidity, are not overtly fruity and have not been much exposed to oxygen.

BUT for us winemaking is more than a science, it is an Art …so our assumption is that mineral wines are superior to ‘mass market’ fruity wines. Mineral wines have a romantic image that implies they are handmade by artisans and express the mystery of the soil, with the viticulturist as the magical mediator.

CASTELLANI BIO IS

100% ORGANIC

DNV ZERO WASTE
100% of energy used in manufacturing comes from renewable resources NDV certified with a ``zero waste`` program, recycling all possible waste and purifying polluted water.
NON GMO PROJECT
100% of our organic wines are produced from Non-GMO grapes.
Certificazione Biologica (QC)
QC Certificazione Biologica - QCertificazioni operates as certification and control body of food and non-food products obtained in the field of organic production.
Toscana Ecoefficiente
“Toscana Ecoefficiente” is an award given to company that invest for environmental sustainability.
RECYCLED GLASS
100% of bottles used for our wines is from recycled glass.
FSC CERTIFIED
100% of the paper we use for our labels is FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council) certified and is produced from raw material obtained through sustainable farming practices.

Nero di Vite

Vine Black

is a pictorial pigment traditionally produced by charring desiccated grapes vines and stems, already known to the antique Greeks and Romans. It looks like a very light powder but with a great covering power, a wonderful shade and persistent color over time.

Artwork Background – Caterina Sbrana

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