The name is a synthesis of the ancient history of Franciacorta, its 19 municipalities and their vocation for outstanding agriculture. In 1500, when the Venetian Republic was at the height of its splendour, Franciacorta produced food and wine destined for the tables of princes, kings and rich merchants. For Franciacorta, the beautiful city of Venice was the market of choice for introducing its wines.
In medieval times the “contadi” were the counties of Franciacorta, small areas of land known for their outstanding agricultural products.
The “Castaldi” were the lords of the counties, responsible for governing the lands.
The Contadi Castaldi logo depicts one of the phases of the Franciacorta wine production process, the aging in stacked bottles.
One of the many quarries in the area gave rise to the Biasca brickyard, the old building that houses the Contadi Castaldi winery today.
In the second half of the 20th century, the brickyard went out of business. Vittorio Moretti purchased the property, mostly because of his wife Mariella’s childhood memories associated with this plant, which her godmother had owned and where she used to spend her afternoons after school.
When the Franciacorta region was at the peak of its development in the 1980’s, Vittorio and Mariella Moretti decided to convert the brickyard into a winery. Its large spaces and long tunnels where the bricks were fired proved to be the perfect place for ageing Franciacorta vintages and welcoming wine lovers.
A skillful repurposing, which maintained the original designs, turned the ancient brickyard, Fornace Biasca, into today’s winery. The total surface area is 7,000 square meters, with the renovation plan involving a conservative restoration of the central building, with the ground floor used for vinification and ageing, the first floor turned into a finished goods warehouse and the second floor as a party and event location.
If you look at the bottles at rest inside the tunnels, the round symbol is the visual representation of the particular bottom of the bottles intended for Franciacorta, while the second sign reproduces the shape of the void that is created in the interspaces of the stacks. A combination that, referring to the double name of the winery, focuses on the value of the natural and slow development of CO2 to reach, through a fine and persistent perlage, the deepest and most ample nuances of taste.
The most beautiful sensation a wine can offer: a taste of the magic of its native land.
An extraordinary universe of vines gave rise to the territory of Franciacorta. In the variety of its landscapes we discovered a wide range of expression, a richness of nuances, that made the creation of a new winemaking dream a real possibility.
These are the origins of Contadi Castaldi, the most highly specialized company in the art of innovation, which searched the Franciacorta region to find the most evocative vineyards and the most passionate winegrowers. After all, no two winegrowers are the same, and each of them practices and excels in different passions.
There is the Pinot nero perfectionist, the Chardonnay purist, the inventor of seemingly new vine training systems that later turn out to be the legacy of ancient know-how. There is also the poet of Pinot bianco who always manages to surprise us, straight after yet another discussion on the method of green pruning. In addition, there are the six viticultural units of Franciacorta, so different from one another that we have succumbed to the temptation of cultivating vines in each of them, determined to make them similar as regards one methodological principle: to focus on the most subtle differences and meticulously tend the vineyards by hand to ensure they are perfectly healthy and will last a long time.
To us, all of this variety represents a great wealth, which we bring into the cellar with every harvest and which allows us to say that our Franciacorta wines are true blends of wines of different origins that contribute their own uniqueness and which express themselves in the cuvée through their complete and complex balance, and will achieve perfect harmony over time.