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Do you know Château Castigno, this isolated little jewel in the Saint-Chinian appellation, in a setting of pristine scrubland and red earth of remarkable beauty...? This estate located at the feet of the...Lire plus Learn more
Do you know Château Castigno, this isolated little jewel in the Saint-Chinian appellation, in a setting of pristine scrubland and red earth of remarkable beauty...? This estate located at the foot of the Haut Languedoc park in the Hérault at an altitude of about 250m enjoys a rare and privileged location, it is of course grown organically. Most of the vines are over 50 years old with a low production which allows Château Castigno to favour quality over quantity, the old vines are refined by horse and the hand-picked grapes are slow and late maturing. 14 varieties of grapes allow a variety of grape varieties, emblematic and marked by the history of Languedoc and Saint Chinian but also a touch of originality for some... Castigno wines therefore have a unique character, almost wild with accents of garrigue and spices... You will be surprised by their fresh and ripe taste, with fine and voluptuous tannins and if you take a little time to taste them you will better understand the magic of this land of many colours and will enter confidentially into the secret of the great terroir of Castigno.
After travelling around the world in search of the ideal place for their wine project, in 2007, Tine and Marc Verstraete fell in love with Castigno, a few steps from the village of Assignan. This remote wild region, in the lands of St Chinian, in the Haut Languedoc, immediately left its mark on the minds of the winegrowers:"In front of the ruined building, perched on a hill with olive groves, vineyards and oaks as far as the eye can see, there was such a poetic charge in this landscape that we were immediately won over," the Belgian couple recalls.A unique site, steeped in history: Built in the 12th century, the site was owned by the Order of the Knights of Malta and was visited by the Romans. In order to preserve the heritage and the environment, the couple embarked on major renovation work on the château and especially on the vineyard. The organic culture was obvious and the oenologist Michel Tardieu, apostle of the Côtes du Rhône, called upon to raise the wines of Castigno to the top of the St Chinian appellation.
Shortly after the Belgian couple arrived, the opportunity to go further presented itself. In their adopted commune, in Assignan, a winegrowing village of 180 inhabitants, houses are abandoned and life is slowed down... An entrepreneur at heart, Marc will not hesitate. Six, nine, then twelve houses were bought back over the years. Tine, who worked in the cinema in another life, will be the decorator and the soul of the village's renewal... Today, the Castigno project combines wine tourism and gastronomy with its 3 restaurants, gastronomic, bistro or Thai cuisine, all working around organic, seasonal and regional products. The ideal place for digital Detox, to reconnect to the simple pleasures of life, with a wellness centre and its Balinese masseur/therapist. Finally, a hotel hidden in the village for longer stays, conducive to letting go... As for the vineyard, it represents a third of the property with 32 hectares of vines. In the spring of 2018, Tine and Marc inaugurated the magnificent and avant-garde new cellar of Château Castigno. Designed by Lionel Jadot, renowned Belgian designer, this Cellar is characterised by its unique architecture, in the shape of a lying bottle covered with cork. A strong architectural gesture perfectly integrated into the landscape with the valleys of the Haut Languedoc Natural Park as its skyline: a real "work storehouse" Inside, we have modern and complete equipment: tulip and truncated cone vats for winemaking, wooden and stainless steel vats as well as an underground circular barrel storehouse which allows the production of high quality wines with great expression.