Switzerland is home to about 200 different grape varieties. Many of these are native, hybrid, or cross breed varieties. The main blue grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Merlot. For white wines, Chasselas is the most important grape variety, followed by Müller-Thurgau. Some of the indigenous grape varieties are Petite Arvine, Gamaret, Garanoir and Cornalin, to name but a few. These are grape varieties that you will not find anywhere else in the world. This is what makes wine from Switzerland so unique.
Castello Luigi is located in the town of Besazio in the Ticino region; a stone’s throw away from the Italian border. Castello Luigi is considered one of the most prestigious wineries in the region. Luigi Zanini, the owner of the winery, bought the 'Belvedere' estate in 1988. He has transformed the old farmhouse into a beautiful castle, which acts as the heart of the domain. The wine cellar is also located in this fairytale-like mansion. The underground cellar is almost 19 meters deep. This way, gravity can be used throughout the entire vinification process: from pressing the grapes to bottling the wine. After bottling, the bottles are stored in the cellar for another year before being released on the market.
The plots surrounding the castle are planted with Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, in which Merlot plays the leading role. The total yield per hectare is deliberately kept low, so that the grapes are of high quality. The portfolio consists of two wines: one red and one white. The red wine usually consists of 90% Merlot, supplemented with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The total aging takes 30 months, of which 18 months in barrels in French barriques and 12 months in bottle. This cuvée is characterized by an intense aroma with a lot to discover, such as cherries, plums, berries, licorice, tobacco, cinnamon, and vanilla. The wine also has fresh acidity and ripe tannins. It is with good reason that Castello Luigi Rosso has been awarded the highest score several times by various wine critics. The rosso is certainly not inferior to a good Bordeaux. The white wine is made from 100% Chardonnay and this wine also ages for almost 30 months. In this case 10 months in French barrique and 18 months in the cellar in bottle. Full, complex and with a long finish.
The yearly production is limited to only 12,500 bottles. This, in combination with the amazing quality, causes the wines of Castello Luigi to sell out quickly. Want to know more? View our range of Swiss wines.