Castello Barone crafts wines from our vineyard with a variety of estate-grown wine grapes that thrive well in North Carolina.
Red Wine Grapes
Cabernet Franc - One of the oldest cultivated grape varieties, cabernet franc has been an underappreciated supporting player to its bolder relative, cabernet sauvignon, for centuries. But this grape, which had personality to spare, is finally getting attention on its own for its easy-drinking structure and intriguing combination of fruity, vegetal, and earthy flavors.
Petit Verdot - Petit Verdot offers up aromas of mostly black fruit flavors ranging from plum, blackberry and blueberry to slightly lighter black cherry. The unique and intriguing flavors of Petit Verdot are herbal and floral notes such as violet, lilac, lavender, sage, and dried herbs.
Tannat - Tannat tastes range from red to black fruit with a decent dose of black licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, and smoke alongside a signature note of cardamom and brown spices. Tannat might be the next Malbec. Why? Well, it has more gusto than Cabernet Sauvignon!
Montepulciano - Montepulciano hails from the vineyards of central Italy and is known for its vivid red color and punchy herbal notes, is a medium bodied wine that has a fairly high amount of acidity. it is a rustic wine that exhibits strong aromas and flavors. Probably the most noticeable flavors found in this vivid red are that of herbs such as oregano and pepper and black fruits like plums, boysenberries, and sour cherries. It’s also common to detect strong notes of smoky tobacco.
Saperavi - Saperavi is an ancient grape variety from the most ancient winemaking region of the world. It is indigenous to the Republic of Georgia. Aromas of autumn berries, ripe dark fruits, cassis and spice, with some earthy and smoky notes, are followed by flavors of cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and plum, together with hints of leather, licorice, chocolate, coffee and even tobacco.
White Wine Grapes
Vermentino - Vermentino is a light-bodied white wine that grows mostly in Italy on the island of Sardinia. What’s exciting about Vermentino is it can be deliciously complex in taste in similar style to Sauvignon Blanc. Vermentino, you’ll notice two different styles based on winemaking. One style is richer and creamier and the other is lighter, more floral and zestier. Vermentino will offer up lively aromas of pear, white peach, lime and pink grapefruit with subtle notes of crushed rocks and citrus zest
Petit Manseng - The flavor profile of Petit Manseng is composed of a variety of flavors with tropical fruit, citrus, peach, and a slight nuttiness that is most noticeable when it is young. As the wine ages, the profiles of honey, preserved fruits, and sweet spices become more notable. Petit Manseng can be made into both dry and dessert styles of wine.
Tocai Friulano - Friulano (formerly Tocai Friulano and also known as Sauvignonasse or Sauvignon Vert) is a grape variety. These wines, usually varietal, are lively and fruity with notes of citrus, florality and almond, and often a touch of minerality.