A restored castle, a restaurant, lush green countryside, pathways, a breath-taking view of Lake Lugano, sumptuous wines, local produce – Castello di Morcote has everything you could want for a wine tour, in just one place.
Discover an estate that extends 172 hectares, seven of which are dedicated to vines. The grounds are also home to fruit and olive trees, apiculture and restaurants, as well as donkey and horse breeding.
The Gianini family has owned the castle for four generations, having purchased the ruins from the last owner. It has already been over 20 years since Gaby started working with Michele, who oversees winemaking at the castle.
A celebration of fine food
For more than 15 years, the Vicania restaurant has overlooked the castle. As well as the estate’s wines that you can sample with homemade pasta, you will find local produce and the estate’s own extra virgin olive oil.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the local wines, just ask to visit the castle and the estate either before or after your meal. And if you would like to organise a private or corporate event, the castle and its in-house caterers can accommodate up to 200 people.
Unique wines from a unique soil
The estate extends across a peninsula composed of volcanic rock. This distinctive soil produces wines with particular finesse, with truly precious tannins. Gaby and Michele make wine using their own grapes, grown on the estate.
Every September, Michele makes a decision on how to go about winemaking that year, depending on the quality of the grape. This means that the wines are unique every year: the red Riserva and the Morcote Bianco: in 2011, 2013 and 2015, which are excellent vintages and display red labels.
Spend the weekend at Morcote
As well as delighting your taste buds in the restaurant, why not sample the wines and take some of the estate’s produce away with you? There are gentle walks around the grounds, and the restaurant is located in the centre of a network of paths that are accessible to everyone.
If you are looking for a B&B, give Gaby Gianini a call and she will point you in the right direction.
A special event
As well as open cellars, Castello di Morcote has welcomed several Michelin-starred chefs over recent years as part of the Sapori Ticino festival, who came to pair their dishes with wines from the estate.
Gaby and Michele’s top pick
If there is one place the two colleagues particularly love on the Morcote estate, it’s the castle.
Visit the Castello di Morcote before or after your meal in the Vinacia restaurant, there’s no need to call ahead. For special events and groups, book your tasting session and make the most of the dramatic view down to Lake Lugano.