• products/Hortulus_2016.png

100% Merlot. Benannt nach dem Gedicht Liber de Culture Hortorum (Buch über die Kunst des Gärtnerns) des Benediktinerabtes, Theologen und Dichters Walafrid Strabo, in dem 23 Pflanzen und ihre mythologische Bedeutung und Heilkraft beschrieben werden.

Kann in 6er-Kisten bestellt werden.


Aged for 19 months in French oak tonneaux


Leccio Basso

Form der Anbauung



Grapes are picked by hand in small boxes. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous with natural yeasts in 1 ton vats. The extraction of color and tannins is facilitaed by punching down. Maceration of skins is occuring very delicately: Berries are falling from the destemmer directly into the vats without passing through a pump or tubes, hence remaining intact and crush solely due to the weight of berries themselves. Malolactic fermentation takes place in neutral barriques.


A very hot and dry year with high temperature peaks. Together with spring frosts, many wineries suffered dramatic loss in quantity. Castagnoli luckily avoided frost damage, due to the relatively high altitude of our vineyards. Despite one of the driest vintages of the last fifty years, the soil of Castagnoli, farmed organically since decades has produced very concentrated, fruity wines with lots of character.

Online store is only available in Germany

Die international bekannte Rebsorte Merlot hat in der Toskana herausragende Erfolge erzielt und produziert außergewöhnliche Weine, die die Franzosen herausfordern. Aus den Merlot-Trauben von Castagnoli entsteht der Einzellagen-Wein Hortulus.