La Castellada lies in the Oslavia subzone of the Collio in the far northeastern corner of the Friuli. In 1956, Giuseppe Bensa purchased a small parcel of land on which to produce wines for his family inn. In the late ‘70s, Giuseppe’s sons, Giorgio and Nicolo took over the family winery. Nicolo, along with neighbors Gravner, Kante and Radikon, began experimenting with wine in a way that would change the course of winemaking in Italy forever. While begun as a two wine operation (one red and one white) La Castellada has expanded to blending varieties. However, all wines are individually vinified and carefully handled in a way that supports the character of the grape, the plot and the vintage.
Currently, Nicolo manages the vineyard and his son, Stefano is making the wines. All grapes on the property are organically farmed and are vinified through spontaneous, open-vat fermentation with extended skin contact, individually customized oak-treatment, vat maturation and bottling performed without filtration of sulfur; the wines are released only when deemed ready to drink by Giorgio and Nicolo.
- Vineyard Area: 10 ha
- Soil Type: Marl and clay
- Varieties Cultivated: Ribolla Gialla, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Bianco della Cantellada, Rosso della Castellada
- Annual Production: 25,000 bottles
- Founded: 1985
- Winemaker: Stefano Bensa
- Topography: Terraced mountain slopes