Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Refosco is an ancient dark-skinned grape, or more accurately a family of dark-skinned grapes. Their origins – which pre-date modern day political borders – include northern Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia, western Slovenia and the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia. Because of its age, Refosco has many different sub-varieties and synonyms for which it is known. The most renowned being Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.
In the past, simple table wines were produced from Refosco but changing attitudes to the grape’s potential to produce finer, more age-worthy wines, has resulted in a general improvement in quality. Refosco wines have particularly high acidity and are mostly dark and densely coloured with violet and grassy aromas. Flavours of dark peppery spices and plums abound on the palate, and the wine often displays a slightly astringent, almond-skin like finish on the palate.
Some believe Refosco wine has been made for two millennia and was enjoyed in Roman times under the guise of puccinum. Pliny the Elder wrote highly of it in his encyclopaedia Naturalis Historia, describing its northern Adriatic origins explicitly.
The success and the history of Castellargo Family vineyards are strongly linked to the person of its founder. For over 30 years Argo Atal Castellarin devoting himself to the cultivation of the family vineyards managing the promotion and distribution of the regional Friulan wines throughout the world. During the years he has created a selection of wines with an excellent quality-price ratio confirming his passion and his deep knowledge of viticulture in Friuli. The growing areas of Castellargo extends from the Friuli hills up to the plains of the Tagliamento River counting about two hundred acres of vineyards. The ones situated in Vendoglio of Treppo Grande, immersed in a soft, romantic and unspoilt landscape, rise wines full in flavor, round with a velvety taste.