From Formula 1 to fine wines
“The wine world is totally different to Formula One because everything takes a long time, but the passion is exactly the same”. – Jarno Trulli
Ideal Vineyard Conditions
The Podere Castorani vineyards are situated 350 metres above sea level. The sunny site is exposed to cooling winds and sharp temperature decreases at night. These factors allow the grapes to ripen slowly and retain vibrant acidity. The soils are nutrient-rich sedimentary clay overlying a rocky subsoil which forces the vines to root deeply. In these conditions, the vineyards produce healthy, low yielding harvests of concentrated, flavourful grapes.
The Amarone of Abruzzo
Upon purchasing the estate, the Trulli and Cavuto families built an underground winery to take advantage of cool year-round temperatures and natural gravity flow. They called on their engineering friends from Toyota Formula One to help design a special humidity-control unit to dry their Montepulciano grapes; a practice more commonly seen in Valpolicella. At Podere Castorani, they feel that this appassimento process results in very fine tannins from the fully ripened grape seeds.
A Commitment to Community
The team at Podere Castorani is committed to doing their part in maintaining a vibrant local community. For over 20 years now, they have hired mainly young people, native to the area. “We strongly believe in them; their passion and will”. Giving young people opportunities to work locally is keeping the area alive.
Rich, Culinary Traditions
The Abruzzo region borders the Adriatic Sea. Freshly caught fish and seafood is a major feature of the local cuisine. Dishes of grilled, roasted or tartared shrimp, prawns, calamari, and tuna are the perfect accompaniment to Podere Castorani’s white and rosé wines. Lamb is a typical red meat in the region. The local lamb stew is an ideal partner for the estate’s rich, elegant red wines.