Tenuta di Castellaro

Although the production region is Sicily, in fact the cellar is based on the tiny island of Lipari in the Tyrrhenian sea`s Aeolian archipeligo north of Sicily. The island is made up of pomice and obsidian rock, both formed from the intense fire of volcanic eruption.

Massimo Lentsch and his family are one of the members of the nearly 600 year old `I Vigneri` guild. In accordance with their traditions vines are densely planted, but individually trained up untreated chestnut poles, not along wires, in a quincunx pattern. Viticulture is very much according to biodynamic principles, but without certification. The steep slopes make for arduous working and all work is done by hand and organically.

In the cellar, the handling is deliberately minimal and the resulting wine is about as pure and mineral and packed with energy as you can get.

(CW 11/03/2014)