Andrew Caillard MW in the Vintage Journal on Castagna

Julian Castagna is a unusual Australian vigneron combining artistic flair, quixotic dreams and singularity in his quest to make “wines of terroir”. After a career as a film director in London and running a production house in Sydney, he (and his wife Carolann) bought land and planted a vineyard in 1997 near Beechworth in the […]

The Beechworth Wine Region is leading the way

As you all know, because I go on about it all the time, I think Beechworth is one of these very special places in Australia to grow fine wine, but it’s not very widely known and really, only recognised by the ‘Wine Cognoscente’. So, it was with a great deal of pleasure that I recently […]

Castagna Vibrates under a full moon!

By Philip White As good as wine tasting gets. Genesis from then to now. And tasted on a root day! Away back on the other side of last vintage I sat down at the laden table of the Castagna family at Beechworth, on the northern foothills of the Victorian Alps. To me, this is as […]

A far-ranging visit with Castagna, Beechworth

By Sarah Ahmed I cannot recall when I first tasted Castagna wines from Beechworth, Victoria.  But I do remember that they made quite an impression.  Though not short of body, they had a dryness about them – a relatively emphatic acid and tannin structure and savouriness.  It’s surely no coincidence that founder Julian Castagna was an early adopter […]

Julian Castagna : Castagna Wines Beechworth

By Milton Wordley Whenever we travel overseas, we always take along wine for our family and friends. We usually take Australian sparkling shiraz, as you don’t see it much in other countries. This year we took along Castagna Sparking Genesis Syrah, made by Julian Castagna. It’s one of our favourite sparklers. Julian had been been involved in […]


By Paul Diamond If you are an Australian wine lover and haven’t heard of Castagna, don’t be surprised.  Julian Castagna and his family, located just outside the Victorian Alps town of Beechworth, produce a small range of high quality, biodynamic wines that fly well below the radar. They aren’t in any of the chains and to […]

A perspective on Biodynamics and Intuition

When people come to visit us, they often ask questions and want to find out more about biodynamics. I try to explain that to fully understand biodynamics requires a shift in thinking, a shift in thinking that requires judgments to be not solely scientific.  I suggest that embracing biodynamics requires an instinctual understanding of the space […]