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Italian wine and grape guide : Castiglione


The Castiglione grape is an exclusive variety of Calabria region, present in the provinces of Cosenza and Reggio Calabria. Its spread is very limited and little is known about this variety. It is vinified in blends but also in purity. Castiglione has big black ellipsoidal berries with thick, waxy, blue-black skin. Its cluster is medium, pyramidal, stretched, loose or medium-loose with medium, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf. The Castiglione grape gives a ruby red wine, more or less strong, of vinous and a dry aroma, slightly tannic and acidic and with good body.