Castello di Roncade is a pre-palladian villa that was built on the site of a tenth century castle that was owned by the Count’s of Collalto. It was constructed in Roncade, a small town in the Veneto countryside between Treviso and Venice. The current structure dates back to the sixteenth century and was built by a Venetian aristocrat, Girolamo Giustinian. The villa was the residence of the Giustinian family for nearly four centuries. Eventually the castello was sold to the Ciani Bassetti family, who still own the villa and its 110 hectares of vines today. The family recently built a new winery in Mogliano Veneto, which has allowed them to further improve the quality of the wines.
Merlot isn’t a grape that often comes to mind when you’re talking about Italian wines. However, Merlot thrives in Italy and is becoming ever more popular among winemakers. This Merlot from Castello di Roncade showcases the grapes’ easy drinking character. Medium ruby in the glass, on the nose it has fruity aromas of red plums, red cherries, and violets. The palate is medium bodied with silky tannins and round red fruit flavours. Well balanced and uncomplicated, it’s a refreshing stand-in to more polished new world Merlots. Fruity enough to enjoy on its own, this Merlot will happily pair with beef ragùs.