CASCINA CASTLET DI MARIA BORIO
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An estate is initially a project. And a project is a dream which gradually takes shape, first of all on paper, then on the land and finally, for us, in our wine. Our project starts from two simple ideas: respect for nature and alignment with technological progress.
The grapes are grown in 31 hectares of vineyards in Costigliole d’Asti.
We have concentrated on the land, our land, and on the local grape varieties: Barbera, Moscato, Uvalino and Nebbiolo, but also on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, this last variety having been grown in Costigliole since the late 18th century, when Marquis Filippo Asinari of San Marzano planted it for the first time.
Cascina Castlèt has belonged to the Borio family for generations. I, Mariuccia, inherited it from my father in 1970. Over the years I’ve had to make brave decisions, also with regard to marketing, with bottles and labels that have been seductive, sometime provocative and very individual. A touch of creativity has always gone into the names of our wines: Passum, Policalpo, Avié, Litina, Goj, Ataj and Uceline. They all have a little secret, a story, which we invite you to try and discover.
“Those who choose a bottle of Cascina Castlèt love beautiful things, good things, things that make them dream”. It’s a matter of ethics and culture. For us, ethics and culture mean respect for the environment and for those who work with it.
Today Cascina Castlet produces between 200 and 250 thousand bottles.
We have an important export quota. We are present in about twenty countries around the world, with particular records such as Norway, where our Barbera is among the market leader labels.
Barbera is the wine symbol of Costigliole. For us it represents 70% of the production, together with other grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Moscato d’Asti, which we also produce in the passito version.
A special mention deserves the Uvalino, an autochthonous grape variety that has almost disappeared, on which since 1990 we have been carrying out careful scientific research in collaboration with the Experimental Institute of Viticulture of Asti.