Castello di Bolgheri, estate in Tuscany producing red wines under the Bolgheri denomination. The castle lies at the end of Viale di San Guido, a road in Castagneto Carducci lined with cypress trees that is a national monument. The Castle dates from the early 1200s. The first wines were made in the 2001 vintage. Federico Zileri’s grandmother officially registered the name Castello di Bolgheri in the 1960’s. It is one of the rare cases where the DOC name (Bolgheri) is allowed to be part of the brandname on the label.

Owner | Count Clemente Zileri Dal Verme, and his son Federico. In 1984, the castle plus 130 hectares of land were inherited by Federico’s mother, Contessa Franca Spalletti Trivelli. Her own mother, Alessandra della Gherardesca, was a cousin of the wives of Mario ‘Sassicaia’ Incisa della Rocchetta and Niccolò Antinori respectively.

Vineyards | The vineyards are all in the proximity of the Castle and border on those of Ornellaia, and Sassicaia. All the 50 hectares of vineyards are in the northern Bolgheri DOC area, well known for its favorable terroir, not least because of its natural drainage. | 1997 The first Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese vines were planted.

Red wines

Bolgheri Rosso DOC, Varvàra

Bolgheri Rosso Superiore DOC, Castello di Bolgheri | 2001 Debut vintage. 100% CS. 14.0% alcohol on the label. €29.50 in 2005. Decent, new oak and leanish fruit with Hans and Noemí on Saturday 8th Jan 2005. Slightly high tone and green in the middle, but not bad; just a bit aggressive and soulless at the Bolgheri wine route office on Tues 22 Feb 2005.

Contact

Castello di Bolgheri

Via Lauretta, 7

I-57020 Bolgheri (LI = Livorno), Italy

Tel+39 0565.762110 | www.castellodibolgheri.eu

GPS Coordinates: 43.234139, 10.617797