Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco offers its guests immersion into the world of Tuscan wine with vineyards located within the estate and along the coast. The on-site winery hosts an array of wine-tasting seminars, and an annual harvest event takes place in September.
Castiglion del Bosco produces Brunello di Montalcino that is elegant and deeply rooted in local tradition—ruby red, intense and complex, with golden yellow hues or burgundy overtones like fiery rows of sunlit autumn vines. The terroirs of the arid, breezy heights of Capanna and the wetter hills to the north around Gauggiole are captured in three different labels, each telling of soil rich in clay, sandstone and typical Tuscan marl. These elements nourish the Sangiovese grapes of the single-cru Campo del Drago DOCG, the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and the Rosso di Montalcino DOC.
The fifth-biggest producer of Brunello di Montalcino, the historic winery at Castiglion del Bosco was a founding member of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino in 1967. The harvest, a two-stage hand selection process and barrel-aging in the 4,000-square-meter (43,033 sq. ft.) winery are rituals supervised by enologist Cecilia Leoneschi.
Castiglion del Bosco is located in the northwest of Montalcino, where the rocky soils are perfect for yielding wines of superb structure and complexity. The estate's 2,000 hectares are largely occupied by dense woods of holm oak, oak and beech, in addition to meadows, organically farmed crops and 62 hectares of vineyards planted exclusively with Sangiovese, the historical grape, autoctone variety. There are two distinct vineyards defined by unique aspects, soils and weather conditions: the 20-hectare Gauggiole just beneath the Borgo and the 42-hectare Capanna, where the top wines are produced.
Castiglion del Bosco also owns a 10-hectare estate called Prima Pietra in Riparbella, located on the Tuscan coast near the Bolgheri wine area. The vines face the Tyrrhenian Sea at an elevation of 450 meters. The site enjoys abundant sun and ventilation, and the rocky, iron-rich soil ensures wines of superb structure. After in-depth soil and climate research, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were planted at a density of 9,600 vines per hectare.
In fact, these varieties flourish in this terroir, producing wonderfully expressive wines, with power and elegance.
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The Castiglion del Bosco Wine Experience
Explore the art of wine making, retracing every step of the process from grape to barrel. In this seminar, participants visit the vineyards, cellar and aging room with an expert guide. The fascinating tour concludes with a tasting of six Castiglion del Bosco wines and a delightful culinary surprise. This unforgettable experience can be enriched with a barrel tasting which provides the unique opportunity to taste two vintages of yet-to-be-released Brunello directly from the French oak barrels.
Duration: One and a half hours
This experience can also be arranged in the guest’s villa.
Cheese and Wine Pairing
Wine and cheese are two of life’s great pleasures, thus finding the perfect pairing is a delicious endeavour. They have in common their origin from natural elements subjected to ripening, refinement and ageing, depending on the typology. Learning how to match different types of Italian cheeses with Castiglion del Bosco wines, including the limited productions of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento and Vin Santo sweet wine San Michele, is an sensory educational experience.
Duration: Two hours
The Vertical Tasting
This extraordinary vertical tasting of seven remarkable Brunello di Montalcino vintages is a must for wine lovers visiting Tuscany. While immersed in the captivating surroundings, guests are invited to partake of seven of the winery’s finest Brunello di Montalcino vintages, including two from the 90 best years of the Riserva di Brunello di Montalcino and the first vintage of the renowned single-Vineyard Campo del Drago.
Duration: One and a half hours
This activity can also be arranged in the guest’s villa.