Empire Spotlight: Castello del Poggio

Well looks like Fall has officially arrived. The shelves are packed with products spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin; and although we loves those as much as the next person, we wanted to show you something new this season. A product we’ve never showcased before and the very first product of its kind featured here on www.EmpireMixology.com.

Meet Castello del Poggio and their absolutely beautiful and delectable sparkling wines. Here at Empire Mixology we’re lucky enough to work with brands all over the world to hone our craft and bring you the very best products we can. This year we got lucky enough to network with Castello del Poggio and their sweet & sparkling wines packed with bubbles and a refreshing kick. These wines can standalone as a happy hour premium choice, or as a major ingredient in a crafted fall cocktail.

Meet two of the varieties we noted specifically for their versatility and taste; Sweet Red and Sparkling Moscato. Along with the fact sheets we’ve included below to introduce you to these outstanding wines, we’ve also included two professionally crafted cocktail recipes. However, it wouldn’t be Empire Mixology if we didn’t have our own Lead Mixologist create two of his own custom recipes below as well.

Sweet Red Wine

This Sweet Red is the product of centuries of spensieratezza – the Italian lighthearted way of life. Bottled in Northern Italy, this full bodied and fruity Sweet Red wine carries notes of apricot and peach to pair perfectly with smoked meats, Mexican dishes, spicy feasts, and a wanderlust day ahead. #HelloSweetLife.


  • Color: Bright violet with raspberry reflexes.
  • Bouquet: Delightfully fruity, with notes of apricot and peach.
  • Palate: Full-bodied, with mineral notes and velvety tannins, Sweet Red is a crispy, soft wine.
  • Area: Northern Italy
  • Alcohol Level: 5.5%
  • Bottle Size: 750mL

Recipe: Amanca Sangria (by Tenzin Samdo, Beverage Director at Tavern Road)

  • 4 oz. Castello del Poggio Sweet Red
  • ½ oz. Aperol
  • ½ oz. Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • Top with 2 oz. Ginger Beer
  • Add all ingredients, except for ginger beer to a wine glass filled with ice. Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with an orange slice & mint sprig.

Empire Recipe: The Rosso Festa

Recipe: The Rosso Festa (by TheMixologist, Lead Mixologist at Empire Mixology)

  • 4 oz. Castello del Poggio Sweet Red
  • 1 oz. Bourbon
  • ½ oz. Amaretto
  • Dash of Simple Sugar
  • Three Maraschino Cherries
  • Muddle cherries in wine glass and add Castello del Poggio Sweet Red, Bourbon, Amaretto, and Simple Sugar. Stir very gently, and garnish with an apple slice.


Moscato Sweet Sparkling Wine

This Sparkling Moscato is the product of centuries of spensieratezza – the Italian lighthearted way of life. Bottled in Northern Italy, this fragrant and fruity Sparkling Moscato perfectly pairs its bubbles with fresh fish, mouthwatering pastries, and moments of pure spontaneity. #HelloSweetLife.


  • Color: Deep straw yellow with light green reflections.
  • Bouquet: Tasteful and complex, including medlar, pear, and acacia flowers.
  • Palate: Balanced, with medium minerality and a crisp, effervescent finish.
  • Apellation: Moscato
  • Alcohol Level: 7%
  • Bottle Size: 750mL

Recipe: Overlooking the Vineyard (by Cody Goldstein, Consultant & Influencer @muddlingmemories)

  • 4 oz. Castello del Poggio Sparkling Moscato
  • 1½ oz. London Dry Gin
  • ½ oz. Lillet
  • ¼ oz. Cointreau
  • ¼ oz. Suze
  • Pour Gin, Lillet, Cointreau, Suze in a mixing glass with ice. Stir for seven seconds and strain into a wine glass with a big rock. Pour in Moscato on top. Garnish with a lemon peel and orange peel.

Empire Recipe: Castle of the Vineyard

Recipe: Castle of the Vineyard (by TheMixologist, Lead Mixologist at Empire Mixology)

  • 4 oz. Castello del Poggio Sparkling Moscato
  • ½ oz. Galliano
  • Splash of Lemonade
  • In sparkling wine glass, add Galliano and then Castello del Poggio Sparkling Moscato. Top with a splash of Lemonade and then optional garnish with lemon peel.

We want to see your recipes! Make sure to use tag your recipes #EmpireMixology and when using Castello del Poggio use #Poggio and #HelloSweetLife.