Cascina Castlet’s two main aims are respect for nature and alignment with technological progress. Through important investments in land, top-of-the-line equipment and, above all, research, this vineyard has now expanded to over 28 hectares of vines in Costiglione d’Asti.
Although the company mainly focuses on the land and the local grape varieties like the Barbera, Moscato, Uvalino and Nebbiol, Cascina Castlet also specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, a variety introduced in Costigliole by Marquis Filippo Asinari of San Marzano in the 18th century.
Cascina Castlet has belonged to the Borio family for generations. Mariuccia, its present owner, inherited it from her father in 1970. For years, her vision and brave decisions regarding marketing have helped sculpt the company’s trademark originality and give its signature wines their unique names and stories—wines like the Passum, Policalpo, Avié, Litina Goj, Ataj and Uceline. Produced with the utmost respect for ethics and culture, each wine is a love letter to those who strive to protect and cherish the environment.
For them, ethics and culture mean respecting the environment and those who work in it because only a serene atmosphere can provide the high quality of work needed to produce wine at our level.
Combining ancient traditions with new technology, the farmhouse’s old stone walls house large 34 hectolitre oak barrels opposite the yard of a newer cellar where the wine is aged in modern steel barrels, next to the automated bottling line. Within this carefully controlled environment, they store their finest grapes destined to become Barbera Passum, Moscato, Avié and that rarest, the Uvalino, a wine served only to a select clientele and during private celebrations.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.