The wine is named for an imposing castle in pure Gothic style that is situated in the vicinity of Andria on the slopes of the Murge Mountains.The vineyards surrounding the Castel del Monte are found at altitudes of 300 meters and above, where climatic conditions are particularly favorable to the cultivation of grapes. Originally, Castel del Monte wine was produced only in three versions-red, white and rosé.
The red is derived primarily from the Uva di Troia variety, which is also known as the Uva della Marina. The variety’s official name is that of a small town in the province of Foggia and it is used in the grape mixtures of the principal Denominazione di Origine Controllata wines of the Bari and Foggia districts.
The white version is obtained from the Pampanuto variety, known also as Pampanino. Its cultivation is limited to the Corato and Ruvo zones.
The Castel del Monte Rosato is made principally from the Bombino Nero variety, whose clusters of medium size have a rather unusual pyramidal form that is thought to resemble a child (bambino) with its arms outstretched.
Since few years the DOC Castel del Monte allows the production of wines obtained from single varieties, some traditional of the area -Bombino Bianco, Uva di Troia, Bombino Nero e Aglianico- and some successfully introduced in the last decades -Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero e Cabernet.