Raffaele Castelluccio began dedicating his time to the family farm in 1990 after the death of his father Giuseppe. The vineyards produced excellent grapes that were sold to very small private wine producers for their own use.
The great passion for the vineyard however belonged to a woman, Felicia Cosentino (Giuseppe’s wife). Her contribution to the wine-producing business was fundamental as it provided an irreplaceable contibution rooted in a great family tradition and a priceless work ethic. Under her watchful eye Raffaele planted another 2 vineyards in 1992: Lenza and Gramigna.On the Massanova Masseria, there was a small wine cellar where wine was produced for the family and for friends. The first generational shift was sealed by two wines: the 1988 red, the last produced by Giuseppe Castelluccio and the first red wine produced in 1990 by Raffaele.
In order to valorise the wonderful grapes from Massanova, in 1996 after having assured himself of his son Amedeo’s intentions, at the time in his early twenties, Raffaele decided to build a new winery that could process the family’s grapes using the best technology available. Thus the great experimentation phase in the old wine cellar began and unbottled wine was sold to private clients.
Amedeo gained confidence and with great passion and enthusiasm commercialised the first bottles of Massanova red wine and Bianco del Pollino in 2000. His ambition for top quality, passed down from his mother Elena to him, became his guiding star and led to recognition throughout Europe.
In September 2002 Felicia Cosentino inaugurated the first harvest in the new winery.
In 2008, despite general scepticism, Amedeo decided to remove 1500 Trebbiano grapevines from the vineyard “Lenza” right in the middle of production to replant Cabernet Sauvignon vines. This risk saw its returns in the grape harvest of 2013, the year when 5-7-14 became the flagship for the company.
Today Raffaele takes care of the vineyards and Amedeo runs the wine cellar. Both men are driven by their same passion for wines and vines.