The soil of the vineyards benefits from perfect exposure, ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen

In 1988 Luigi Zanini purchased a property in the municipality of Besazio in the Ticino canton called “Belvedere”. This holding formed part of an old farmstead called “Civasca”, located in the heart of the estate.

This favourable location is on the hillsides running down to the Lombardy plain, with gentle slopes and an ideal altitude. Its sandy tuff and chalk soil enabled 30,000 sqm of the total 43,000 sqm to be converted to vine growing. The decision was taken to diversify the vines and cultivate two hectares with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with one hectare exclusively dedicated to Chardonnay.

a spiral cellar was built so the wine will experience no rough handling

The old farmstead was demolished in 1997, making way for the new Castello Luigi building. An 18.5 metre deep spiral cellar was constructed so that all cellar work – from treading to racking and bottling – can be carried out by gravity flow. In this way the wine never undergoes any trauma caused by mechanical methods. Over the years the vineyards of the Castello Luigi have been extended, and now they cover an area of 125.000 sqm, fulfilling all Luigi Zanini’s original objectives – limited production of 4-5 clusters per vine.