"A true voyage of discovery is not seeking out new lands, but having new eyes". Thus wrote Marcel Proust in the "Recherche", and that is how the Contadi Castaldi winery sees viticulture and wine. New eyes so as to explore, with new methods and new tools, an area that has now gained the greatest prestige all over the world. In order to see this area with the spirit of an explorer who is ready to break all the rules in the name of innovation and of intuition that is strengthened by strict methodology and the capacity for imagining future scenarios.
Contadi Castaldi was founded in 1991 by Vittorio Moretti; in 1997 he passed the reins to Mario Falcetti, an expert agronomist and oenologist.
The estate once housed a brick-works, and has maintained the charm of the former production site. In choosing the name, the company wished to keep ties with tradition alive: the Contadi were once the counties into which the lands of the Castaldi were divided - the Castaldi being noblemen who had the right to take the best produce from every harvest. Meanwhile, with its logo and the shape of the bottle, the company wanted to affirm the value of an innovative course of action that demonstrates its desire to offer a contemporary approach to the taste of the Franciacorta.
Terre di Franciacorta doc
Vineyard 60 hectares, of which 80% with white grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot bianco) and 20% with red grapes (Pinot nero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Nebbiolo and Barbera). The company's staff is responsible for technical management, and the vineyard managers are responsible for operational management.
Grape production 6000 quintals of grapes/year.
Cellar 7000 mq. of covered surface where the entire cycle of winemaking, ageing and bottling of the company's wines takes place.
Winemaking capacity 7000 quintals of grapes/year of which 80% with white grapes
Storage capacity 8000 hectolitres in stainless steel
500 hectolitres in wood (barrels and casks)
Wine production 500.000 bottles/year of which
370.000 Franciacorta docg
120.000 Terre di Franciacorta doc and 10.000 Liqueur wine
Types produced Franciacorta docg:
Brut, Satèn, Zero, Rosé, Magno
Terre di Franciacorta:Bianco, Rosso, Manca pane, Marco nero
Liqueur wine: Pinodisé
Sales 70% in Italy - 30% abroad
Important elements harvest done manually, grapes transferred to small boxes, manual selection of grapes on special sorting table, very low technological impact in winemaking (mild technology), moderate use of sulphur dioxide, use of the force of gravity to load presses, for selecting and decanting the musts, for bottling (without the use of pumps).
The Franciacorta method
Created in 1967 and updated in 1995, the Franciacorta, which has already been defined as "classic", involves the use of just three grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot bianco and Pinot nero) for producing "bubbles" of the finest quality. Contadi Castaldi has always been committed to interpreting the Franciacorta method; the method is regulated by the Consortium through strict production standards, using its own quality system to codify the selection choices made in the vineyard and the cellar. This course of action has been used most for a system of "traceability" thanks to the distinctiveness of the taste.