The history of vineyards in the Langhe goes back to antiquity: already the Greeks and Romans recognized the area’s value for grape growing.
During the Middle Ages viticulture suffered a brutal interruption and nearly ended, saved only by the monasteries which became a refuge for vintner’s arts and secrets. A large-scale return to grape growing only happened in the 17th century, when it flowered under the greater political stability and freer trade following the Savoy Duchy’s unification.
Wine is, in fact wine, deeply interwoven with the Savoy court.
Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, architect of the Italian State, brought many European innovations both to vine cultivation and to winemaking in the Langhe, innovations which soon spread to other producers in the region, leading to one of the greatest revolutions in local viticulture.
Victorio Emanuele II, the first King of Italy, was known for his passion for Langhe red wines. Small surprise for such a gourmand, as they pair perfectly with the many Piemontese dishes of which he was fond.
The first written trace of the Cassino family in the Langhe dates from the early 1800s, the time when Piemonte was poised to become a protagonist in Italy’s Risorgimento: it is a marriage license, which we still treasure.
Generation after generation, the Cassinos have cultivated “La Castella”, a plot of land between the villages of Roddino and Sinio. It’s southwest facing, the best position for uniform ripening.
This maturation, respecting the vine’s natural growth cycle, lets us harvest grapes with very special, fragrant scents for our wines.
From the early 1900s Cascina Castella wine has been sold to Roddino villagers, but it’s only in the 1990s that Silvio Cassino, the current owner, turned that tradition into a true winemaking firm. Today the family tradition continues, using the latest techniques to preserve the unchanging taste of good wine.