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Castoro de Oro Double Gold wine.

Castoro de Oro

Okanagan's Golden Mile is famous around the world for it's wines. Visitors from around the world flock there very year to visit their wineries.

Perhaps one of the least know is Castoro de Oro a small family winery owned by Bruno Kelle and Stella Schmidt. They believe they found a diamond in the rough when they located their winery on the Golden Mile south of Oliver. The couple fell in love with the wine region while touring the area in 2005.

Their vineyards has a unique soil combination from alluvial deposit, southeast aspect with excellent exposure to sunshine resulting in full flavour and aroma development. The vineyard slope with the lake at the foot, providing excellent frost drainage, keeps the vines safe from late spring or early fall frost problems, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. The vines are planted to the foot of a mountain, which provides evening shade, resulting in a rapid cool-off during summer, which prevents the grape acids from dropping and results in a fine balance between ripe, sweet fruit and firm, clean acidity. All of which is an ideal foundation for growing superior grapes. White and red grapes grow equally well in this class one grape growing terroir and enables the production of terrific wines of many types in a wide range of styles.

Over the years we have had some really excellent wines for Castoro de Oro. We have grown to know Bruno, the winemaker and Stella the assistant winemaker,wonderful dedicated owners. Good people!

But when they said to me wines in a Can, I shook my head. I was a skeptic. I've tried wines in a can before and was not impressed.

“We love to be innovative! Our philosophy is to make handcrafted 100% BC wines at the best value possible, and our wine-in-a-can takes that dream one step further. We are so excited to offer elegant, convenient cans of our award-winning wines and look forward to seeing all the places they will travel to!”

So far we have tried their award winning Heart of Gold , a white blend, the Chardonnay and the Merlot. They all beat the test. In fact they are beyond good!

Stella you are absolutely right wines in a can CAN be good!

Heart of Gold white blend brings together Pinot Blanc, Vidal, Siegfried and Viognier. It exhibits a wide variety of fruit flavours, with a slight cotton candy note on the end. 

The Heart of Gold available in can or bottle won two awards in 2021.

  1. 2021 All Canadian Wine Championships (ACWC) Double Gold, Best of Category
    HISTORY MAKING WIN. The first time a wine in can won a “judged award” inside the country of Canada! This was not a wine in can competition Castoro de Oro submitted Heart of Gold in 250 ml single serve cans it competed against bottled white blends and it won Double Gold, Best of Category! Because "OUR" wine in can is the same wine as in our bottles the ACWC awarded the Double Gold to both SKU’s (both formats, bottle & can). The amazing thing is the judges did not believe a can wine could wine so they re did the tasting the Castoro de Oro wine in a can won again!

  2. 2021 Alberta Beverage Awards (ABA’s) Judge’s Selection
    Submitted in bottle format, and judged up against both International and Domestic wines, our Heart of Gold won White Blend Judge’s Selection which means “Top Six White Blend” unlike other wine awards there are no metal (gold, silver, etc.) medals awarded at the ABA’s.

My review of Heart of Gold 

Castoro de Oro Heart of Gold A perfect white blend brings together Pinot Blanc, Vidal, Siegfried and Viognier. It exhibits a wide variety of fruit flavours, with a slight cotton candy note on the end. I tried it as a wine in the Can. A most impressive wine 96 

Bruno Kelle and Stella Schmidt. Castoro de Oro Winery
Stella Schmidt. and Bruno Kelle

Planning a visit to the Okanagan do not miss Castoro de Oro!

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