The Castelli family’s winemaking philosophy is simple: source the best fruit from the southern regions of Western Australia and handcraft wines of individuality and character. The wines across the ranges are exceptional with fruit sourcing and winemaking coming together in perfect harmony.
In 2004, the Castelli’s dream of a family-owned winery became a reality when, upon the slopes of Mt Shadforth, the Castelli Estate property was purchased. The Castelli family enticed winemaker Mike Garland to come on board in what were the beginnings of one of today’s most promising Western Australian boutique wine brands.
Through our dedicated winemaking team’s extensive experience, some of state’s best fruit and the family’s passion and commitment to quality, Castelli Estate’s wines hold the promise of something special.
The quaint country village of San Giorgio a Liri, in Italy’s Lazio region, was Sam and Maria Castelli’s birthplace.
It’s a farming village that is home to many grain, corn and sunflower producers, but it was in the region’s vineyards that the Castelli family’s passion for wine developed.
In 2004, the Castelli’s dream of a family-owned winery became a reality when, upon the slopes of Mt Shadforth, the Castelli Estate property was purchased – A 120 acre farm which overlooks Wilson’s Inlet, Mt. Lindesay and the lush countryside around Denmark. The property was acquired with a semi-complete winery which, with the family’s extensive construction and engineering experience, was later completed in 2006. With a strong commitment to quality, the next twelve months were spent putting together a highly talented winemaking team. The Castelli family enticed winemaker Mike Garland to come on board in what were the beginnings of one of today’s most promising Western Australian boutique wine brands. Through our dedicated winemaking team’s extensive experience, the sourcing of the state’s best fruit and the family’s passion and commitment to quality, Castelli Estate’s wines hold the promise of something special. With our name on every bottle, we are proud to bring you what is synonymous with the Castelli name: a passion for wines that are made with a relentless commitment to quality.
Fuelled by a passion for cool climate wine styles, Mike and his wife, Julie, made the move in 1996 to Mount Barker in the Great Southern where they purchased an established mature vineyard. Mike studied Wine Science at Charles Sturt University and became a strong regional ambassador, working initially for Plantagenet Wines and then developing a vibrant contract winemaking facility (along with being a part time house builder and having 3 children). This gave a solid foundation in all aspects of the wine industry, from viticulture, marketing, logistics management and most importantly his main passion, winemaking. Mike also gained considerable experience in the Mittlerhein, Germany to expand on his fascination with Germanic style Rieslings. The opportunity to head up the Castelli Winery at Mount Shadforth was too good to refuse and in 2007 Mike helped the Castelli family’s winery dream become a reality. The central driving force behind Mike’s winemaking philosophy is that it is always about balance and structure – something that can only be truly achieved from cool climate viticulture.
After a lifetime of annual visits back to his parents’ homeland, Luca grew up experiencing what was involved in viticulture through his hands-on assistance in the vineyard with his grandfather ‘Nonno’ Germino. While completing his double degree in Science and Engineering, Luca developed his knowledge of the wine industry over several years working as a cellar hand in the state’s Swan Valley. Amongst his involvement in the power generation industry, Luca oversees and coordinates the operation of the family’s wine businesses with a vision to develop Castelli Estate into a respected member of the Western Australian wine industry.
Sam’s passion for wine started as a young worker on his family’s farm in Italy. Sam’s extensive history in the engineering and construction sectors saw him, with the support of his wife Maria, enter into a successful business partnership with three other Italian migrants to develop what is today the ASX-listed United Group Limited (UGL). Sam oversees the operation of the Castelli family’s various businesses and, like Luca, frequently lends a hand on the estate and in the winery with his trusty and well-conditioned toolbox. He’s also not shy of showing his truck driving ability and his friendly wine delivery service, where it’s not unusual to experience his personable approach and very Italian sense of humour!
James joined the team in 2012 as manager of sales and marketing, he started out in the hospitality industry at an early age, originally behind the scenes doing accounting and payroll for a well known Perth bar. James has gained vast experience in all areas of hospitality from venue management, retail, as well as wholesaling and importing. James’ passion for fine wine developed over a period of 8 years managing Perth’s premier wine store ‘Steves Fine Wine’ in Nedlands, where he developed a love of European wines.
In 2008 a penchant for wanderlust brought Laurie from his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the Great Southern. After initially starting his career at Castelli Estate as a cellarhand, eight years of hard work and tutelage under our winemaker, Mike, has led to Laurie being an integral member of the team. A true all-rounder, Laurie performs the role of production manager as well as guided tours and tastings.
It was a love of the Great Southern wine region that brought Alyce to Castelli Group after time at Ferngrove Wines and Wines of Western Australia. Alyce handles all the back of house, from administrative duties, to generating marketing.
Our winemakers’ philosophy is to produce wines that they enjoy drinking – not specifically to win awards, nor praise from wine writers (although this does tend to be a happy coincidence) but rather something that we feel proud to put on the table with the Castelli name on the bottle.
Using a combination of traditional techniques gained from extensive overseas experience, with the benefits of a state-of-the-art facility, the winemaking team are able to tailor a specific approach best suiting each individual wine. All wines are treated in their own special way to express the variety, vintage conditions and region.
Careful attention to detail is ensured to capture the maximum varietal and regional characters of the wines we produce. Above everything, special emphasis is placed on achieving elegance and balance. The equilibrium of fruit flavour, structure, length and finish are the hallmarks of all Castelli wines. Much of this comes from the vineyard, with careful site selection, fastidious viticultural practices and picking at optimal flavour ripeness. Once the fruit is in the winery however, that same attention to detail is also essential.
We concentrate on achieving symmetry in each wine. For white wines the interaction of fruit intensity, acid profile, phenolic extraction and oak (if used) are carefully assessed. Likewise in our reds, there is a delicate balance we aim for between tannin structure, fruit definition, alcohol level and oak integration.