Vini Apuani – Roberto Castagnini Vermentino Nero Ceccardo 2018


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A delight for lovers of native vines. We’ll bet you’ve never tried a Vermentino Nero before? This is a very rare varietal to find in the UK/Ireland market.

After World War II, the vine was almost lost to extinction until a producer from Massa, began replanting old vineyards with the grape. By 2000, there were 199 hectares (492 acres) of Vermentino nero growing in Italy with the grape authorised for production in the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) wines of Candia dei Colli Apuani and Colline Lucchesi.

The Vermentino Nero grape was long believed to a dark-berried color mutation of Vermentino though some ampelographers believe that the grape may have Spanish origins and be related to Monastrell or the Aragonese grape Parraleta used in the wines of Somontano. As of 2012, DNA profiling on the grape variety has not been able to confirm or deny either theory. Other theories believe it to be related to Mourvedre.

Vermentino nero tends to produce full bodied wines with dark fruit aromas and spicy notes.

A lush ruby red colour. Delicate scent of black cherry, blackcurrant, fruits of the forest, violets and sweet spices with hints of tobacco. It has impressive structure, complexity and a rich mouth feel. A ripe fruit palate that is perfectly integrated with the supple tannins. A fresh and easy drinking red wine. Dry with only 4 grams of residual sugar.

The perfect food pairings for this wine are….

  • Ideal with more elaborate dishes with red meats and game or semi-seasoned cheeses.

Serving temperature: 16-18 degrees

Residual Sugar: Dry 4 grams/Litre


REGION: Massa-Carrara
TYPE: Red Wine Blend
WINERY: VINI APUANI s. r. l. s societa agricola
GRAPE: Vermentino Nero 100%
ALCOHOL: 12.5%
WINEMAKER: Roberto Castagnini
VINIFICATION: 10 days of maceration on the skins.  No oak ageing. Vinified in steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation. Aged at least 4 months in the bottle.


The Castagnini winery was founded in 2000, on the strength of an old farming tradition built up thanks to a solid family background in wine production dating back to the early 1950s.

The estate is situated on the hills of Candia, between the white Carrara marble quarries and the sea.

The owner Roberto Castagnini, grew up in the vineyards, followed his maternal grandfather’s footsteps and learned from him the techniques of vine cultivation.

Day by day, ancient knowledge is combined with the most modern winemaking techniques to obtain the ultimate expression of native grapes and unique terroir. Roberto’s aim is to achieve superior quality in constant evolution.

This has allowed them to create the highest quality, which have been recognised in the most renowned guides, obtaining international recognition.

Only 20,000 bottles a year are produced!  Around 5 hectares of terraced vineyards, exposed to the sun and kissed by sea breezes. The sea breezes and the Mediterranean scrub that surround the vineyards contribute unique aromas and scents, allowing us to obtain truly unique and incredible wines.

The deep bond to the land of the ‘Colli di Candia’ and the love and passion for the vine.

Wines of controlled origin – DOC

SKU: GV270-2018-84 Categories: , , , , , ,

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