Something for Everyone at Castoro Cellars
Walking under the arbor leading to Castoro Cellar’s tasting room you get a taste of what you have in store. You have a view of the vineyard on either side, and the path leads to a spacious outdoor area with benches where you can relax with a glass of wine. The winery is a picturesque destination where you can focus on enjoying Castoro’s award-winning and unique wines. Whether you decide to try the Falanghina, made with grape vines from Southern Italy, or the Cabernet Dorsa, made from vine stock brought back from Germany, you will leave the winery having tried something special.
The Unique Wines at Castoro
Castoro offers unique varietals that are not typical of other local wineries. One of these exclusive wines is the 2015 Falanghina, made solely with grape vines sourced from Italy. The first vintage of the Falanghina is being offered in the tasting room now.
Another unique varietal to experience is their 2015 Cabernet Dorsa, a native of Germany that is rare in America. Cabernet Dorsa was created at Weinsberg in the Württemberg wine region of Germany in 1971 by crossing Dornfelder and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. It is described as a full-bodied wine with a soft, cherry finish from extended small oak aging.
While you’re there, don’t forget to try their award winning 2015. Zinfusion, which has received multiple accolades, including a 96 point rating and Double Gold from SF International Wine Competition.
A Little In-House Competition
Every year Castoro’s winemaker and assistant winemaker hold a spring blending session. They compete to see who can make the best wine, and their results are judged by those attending the blending event. Once a vote is taken, the winner is announced. This year, the head winemaker won with the 2015 Dam Fine Wine. It is a blend of Barbera, Malbec, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. This is another of the wines you will find in Castoro’s tasting room
Castoro and the Environment
Castoro Cellars is committed to sustainability. One of the ways Castoro supports sustainable practices is through the use of solar panels throughout the facility. With solar panels located at Cobble Creek Vineyard, Castoro Cellars tasting room in Templeton and Dos Vinas Vineyard they are able to generate 1,178,903kWh annually. The power generated from these panels allows them to minimize their impact on the environment and support a system necessary for a sustainable future. While the current arrays produce a substantial amount of electricity, winery representatives have plans to continue investing in solar panels and pushing toward energy independence. Even some special events, such as the Castoro Cellars concert series, rely on solar power.
Organic farming practices are employed at Castoro. More than 700 acres of the vineyards have already been given an organic certification. The west side of Cobble Creek vineyard, the Whale Rock Vineyard, Stone’s Throw Vineyard, and a part of Blind Faith Estate Vineyard are certified organic. These vineyards are farmed without the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. All of Castoro Cellars Vineyards carry the distinction SIP certified, the gold standard of sustainability in practice. Seventy acres are also designated biodynamic.
Special Events at Castoro
Castoro has ample space for special events, and private tastings. Annual events held at the winery include the upcoming Vintage Paso Zinfest Weekend this month. The weekend begins with Zinfest Dinner on Friday night, an intimate Evening of Food, Wine, Music and Multi-course dinner paired with Castoro Wines. The rest of Zinfest Weekend features live music, tastings, vineyard tours, barrel samples & chocolate pairings. In September Castoro Cellars brings you Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival. This family friendly festival draws thousands to Castoro for two days of wine loving yoga, peace and music in the vines.