One almost needs to draw a breath approaching the enormous Castelnuovo cooperative – it is immense and imposing!
200 members make up this cooperative which was established in 1958.
As we enter the cooperative we are greeted by the export manager, Roberto Sembenini who started out several years ago in accounting and assumed his present responsibilities. He is extremely fluent in English and possibly several other languages as well.
Currently, they do quite a bit of business in Germany, the USA, and Canada. I asked about China and Roberto had a very interesting answer. If I understood him correctly, the Chinese are very interested in packaging, possibly more than the wine itself. As I read and learn more about China, this seems to make sense in their gifting and presentation-oriented culture.
After a brief tour of the winery we settled into the board room for a tasting of the wines.
Sparkling Castelnuovo Bardolino Chiaretto Spumante 12% abv
Corvina 80% and Rondinella grapes
Very pretty salmon color, Attractive aromas and flavors of tangerine and rose petals
Custoza DOC “Ca Vegar” 2016
Trebbiano Toscana, Garganega & Cortese grapes
Very aromatic white wine with floral notes
Bardolino Chiaretto Classica Ca’ Vegar 2016
Rose colored wine with attractive floral notes and tangerine
Bardolino Doc Classico Ca’ Vegar 2016
Red wine from traditional Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes
Velvet tannins and plush red raspberry fruit
Bardolino Superiore DOCG Classico Bosco del Gal 2014 13.5% abv
Rich, concentrated fruity wine with great depth of flavor and spice
Corvina IGT Veneto “Barbarossa” 2015
14% abv100% Corvina, very rich rounded wine with racy acidity and smooth tannins.
It was a great visit with a dynamic export manager and some very good wines for the price.