Meet our Grappa collection
Our grappas are selected depending on pomace, such as Nebbiolo, and the grappa is aged for a few months in barrique and then refined in the bottle. The organoleptic characteristics change due to the color and the perfume, which highlights the personality of the grapes and determines the taste and structure. All our grappa is bottled in the original Albeisa bottle (from Alba), wanted by the Albese producers in the early 1700s, to distinguish their wines from others. Few bottles in the world immediately identify an area and its wines and the Albeisa, with its unique shape, is one of these, an example of success and expression of an extraordinary territory such as Langhe. Our grappa is an expression of the territory, which stands out for its renowned wine production, famous all over the world, and our gastronomic products, such as the Alba white truffle, for which every year there is a specially dedicated fair that it attracts numerous visitors from all over the world. The unique environment, culture, history and art, together with food and wine have allowed the Langhe to enter, in 2014, among the natural heritage protected by UNESCO.
Which Grappa is for you?
Grappa is defined as white when, after the distillation is finished, it is decanted into steel or glass containers. This type of grappa does not undergo any refinement in wood, which is why it carries only aromas deriving from the grape variety used at the start. It is colorless and transparent, with a delicate scent of pomace, fruity and with a dry taste. The tasting of a white grappa best expresses the way of working of the distiller and his ability.
This type dates back to the time of alchemists who, with the distillation process of herbs and alcohol, obtained a medicine that enhanced the healing and organoleptic properties of the medicinal herb, maintaining a pleasant taste. Today this curative purpose has been lost but the flavored grappa has not lost its charm. The aromatization can take place with: aromatic, medicinal herbs, fruit, roots or vegetable essences.
The good old "Piedmontese Branda"
The Piedmontese people call Grappa with the dialectal name "Branda". Piedmont enjoys an ancient distillation tradition, thanks also to the enormous heritage of its vineyards that offer fine pomace from red berried grapes such as Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera, but also white ones such as Moscato Bianco, Arneis, Erbaluce. At the Castelli Distillery it is produced only from a precise selection of the pomace and in the best vintages.
I know what a Grappa is. And this is wonderful. Terrific. To be compared to the best moonshiner whiskeys, French cognacs, Norman calvados.
I had the opportunity to taste the various expressions of Grappa Castelli, enjoying a product that from the first nose boasts something special and purely handmade.
Bright amber color. Vanilla cake and sponge cake, then hazelnut, candied citrus fruit and tobacco. Definitely round sip.