The fragrances of CASTELLO come from the sun and the sea, and the earth and fire
This Biancolella D.O.C. grows within the walls of the Aragonese Castle of Ischia and never leaves: with the help of Casa D'Ambra we produce about 600 bottles a year, served exclusively at LA CUCINA DEL MONASTERO.LA CUCINA DEL MONASTERO
A visionary dream
In the 1980s, Gabriele Mattera and his wife Karin, in the midst of their mission to restore and revitalise the Aragonese Castle, found some abandoned vineyards among the brambles and began to fantasise about replanting a new one.
With the invaluable help of Andrea D'Ambra, and with the passion and determination that only lovers of the land can muster, the vineyard has come back to life.
The result of this visionary recovery process can be found in every bottle of CASTELLO: the symbol of the rebirth of this privileged place which, after centuries of abandonment, is now finding its shape, function and atmosphere day by day.
The vineyard and its Biancolella testify once again that the Castle is alive and that its heart beats thanks to the irrepressible energy of a vision courageously taken on and carried on by the third generation.
CASTELLO - Biancolella DOC
Aragonese Castle of Ischia, in the historical estate called "di Porta Nova", owned by the Mattera family. The vineyard is flat with a south/southwest exposure.
Straw yellow colour.
Dry, full, almond, delicate.
Fish dishes and delicate cheeses.
Volcanic soil of medium texture, rich in potassium and phosphorus.
100-150 mt s.l.m..
VINE TRAINING SYSTEM
Low espalier (typical of ancient pruning), guyot.
GRAPE YIELD PER HECTARE
First ten days of September; hand picked.
White vinification with cold decantation of the must and temperature control during fermentation, ageing and bottling.
In the bottle.