The Tenuta Castello farm spans 500 hectares of agricultural land, 120 ha of which are producing rice of the highest quality, mostly from organic production (85%). The remaining land is made up of mountain pastures, where our cows spend the summer.
Our biggest pride is Carnaroli Classico (100% purity), produced from seeds certified by Ente Nazionale Sementi Elette. It is air-dried at low temperature and processed with a very light stone pile in order to keep the quality of the grain unaltered. Darker, therefore, “uglier” but with less risk of raising the glycemic index, better resistance to cooking and above all more taste.
In a vision of circular economy, in 2004 we started to raise cows of Piedmontese Breed, in order to produce all the manure used in the rice cultivation. All of our cows are fed with fodder grown on our organic soils, shredded grass or organic flours derived from rice processing and organic corn flour.
We follows farming techniques designed to respect Nature both when preparing the land before the sewing and after the harvest:
Since May 2020 we have been using green mulching on part of our land. It consists in pressing down the weeds with a roller as to make a carpet (mulch) that ferments and prevents the birth of weeds. Now we are ready to sow organic rice.
The company philosophy makes the method… and the method makes the final product. This is the common thread of Tenuta Castello: a company that follows the entire production chain from field to table, a place where every hectare of land and every grain of rice reflect the values we believe in.
From the photos you can see the commitment, the hard work and the knowledge that have been handed down for generations: