Castel del Monte is a wine region in Apulia, South Eastern Italy, well known for its reds. The name “Castel del Monte” (castle of the mount) comes from a huge octagon shaped castle which was built by Emperor Frederick II in the 1240s.
Castel del Monte wines are produced using mainly Uva di Troia as the red grape, pinot noir, sangiovese, montepulciano, aglianico, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a variety of local grapes including Bombino Bianco. Being a DOC and not a wine varietal, wines labelled Castel del Monte can vary greatly in taste depending on the grapes used to produce them. The Castel del Monte region produces around 3.3 million bottles of wine annually. The region also produce white wines and rose wines, but they are not as highly regarded.