History

Born in Italy, matured in Western Australia

Our Heritage

The Castelli name is rich with Italian heritage, beginning back in the quaint country village of San Giorgio a Liri, in Italy’s Lazio region – the birthplace of the Castelli family.

 

Predominantly a farming village, Sam grew up in a time and place where everything was grown off the land, and food and wine were local, handmade and bursting with flavour and tradition. In Italy, wines are made to share and enjoy. In Italy, we savour a glass with every meal and bring a bottle to every occasion. 

Whether you are visiting our Urban Cellar Door in Perth, or taking in the sights and tastes of the idyllic Castelli Estate winery on the slopes of Mt Shadforth in Denmark, we invite you to share and enjoy our range of handcrafted, award-winning wines.

Where It All Began

Putting his farming knowledge to use, Sam planted a small vineyard in his hometown and began making wine for their household in the traditional way; by hand from start to finish where the method of maceration is ‘grape-stomping’ – by foot. All local grape growers make their own wine for their household, and once a year in San Giorgio a Liri, there is a festival where locals buy a glass, hang it around their necks and spend the day visiting all the other growers to taste their homemade wines. With this as the backdrop to his early years, you could say that wine was in his blood…

From small beginnings to award-winning brand

The Castelli’s dream of a family-owned winery became a reality in 2004 with the purchase of Castelli Estate. As they had always loved Denmark, when they found the idyllic property on the slopes of Mt Shadforth, with its existing vineyard and half-built winery, the deal was done – and the family opened the doors within 6-months. It wasn’t long before they started their own label and swiftly achieved success, acclaim and a reputation as the WA brand to ‘keep an eye on’. Thanks to the time spent putting together a dedicated winemaking team with extensive experience at inception, the Castelli Estate brand has never been stronger. With a range of over 30 wines, 500-tonne winery, a wide network of growers and operations in both Perth and Denmark, the Castelli name is set to be around for a long time to come.

Great wines start in the vineyard…

Making wines with true flavour, consistency and character begins with the search for the best fruit. We collaborate with growing partners in specific subregions throughout Southern WA, each boasting distinct characteristics and micro-climates, from which we can select the perfect varietals. From Pinot and Chardonnay in Denmark to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz in Frankland River and Riesling in Mt Barker, each of our regions has been carefully identified for its strengths – a key component of what makes our wines so consistent in their taste and quality. 

The Castelli Estate today

While the Castelli family have come a long way from those humble beginnings, you’ll often find them back in Italy, crushing grapes in true Italian style and sharing wine around the table with friends and family. Our flagship wine is proudly named after the Liri river that runs through San Giorgio, used to irrigate the surrounding land and local vineyards – including the Castelli vineyard that is still there today. 

Castelli Estate is the best of both worlds, the innovation and rich produce of Australia made with the Italian ethos of quality and balance – created to share and enjoy.

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