Spessa–A Castle and Winery

The Best For Last

The last stop on this one-day tour of the oriental part of Italy that borders Slovenia was a stop at the Castle of Spessa. A place I truly loved, where I’d love to spend a long weekend as spring settles in.

The origins of this castle dates back to the 1200s, but there are many examples of settlements dating back to Roman times. Starting from the sixteenth century, many illustrious families in turn owned this Castle.

Over the centuries, many distinguished personalities have stayed here, such as Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749 – 1838) was an Italian (later American), opera librettist, who wrote the libretti for 28 operas, including three of Mozart’s most celebrated such, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Così Fan Tutteand yes I can easily imagine that the ambiance of this location could inspire an opera such as Così fan Tutte! 😀

Another famous guest was, in 1773 Giacomo Casanova, the famous writer and adventurer. Casanova had befriended the then owner, but soon enough their friendship came to end because of a dispute over a beautiful lady, as can be expected,

In 1987 Castello di Spessa, together with its own vineyards, was bought by the Pali family, becoming the heart of a splendid Wine Resort.

Spessa Golf Country Club

Castello di Spessa Golf Country Club is situated in the magnificent surroundings of the Spessa Castle secular park, an 18 hole golf course. The course is immersed in the Collio hills of Gorizia and is characterised by various panoramas that differentiate the structure of the fairways and holes that are very different from each other.

The Winery

Since 1987, the Pali family, owners to this day, has been maintaining the site’s traditional hospitality by giving new life to the manor. The DOC Collio wines are: Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Segrè – Sauvignon, Torriani Merlot, Vigna Rosaris Merlot, Casanova Pinot Nero.

All the above (and more), can be bought at the wine boutique within the property.


  • Exclusive visits to Medieval cellar with barrel room and Wine tasting
  • Reception rooms for events and weddings
  • Church in Neo-Gothic style
  • Hotel with Meeting area, Garden, Centuries-old park with a literary itinerary dedicated to Giacomo Casanova
  • Apartments and rooms in the vineyards
  • Restaurant La Tavernetta al Castello
  • Bistrot Il Gusto di Casanova
  • Hosteria del Castello bar and restaurant
  • Nature trails, Bike and Vespa rental to tour the aerea of Collio

For Information

Castello di Spessa | DIMORA STORICA

Via Spessa, 1 – 34070 Capriva del Friuli (GO) – Italy

For Information Ph/F. +39 0481 808124


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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

2 thoughts on “Spessa–A Castle and Winery

    1. This was truly the best. I was so impressed. It is spacious, beautiful, and (I was told), they have rooms for every pocket. One can stay at the hotel, suites, or less expensive accommodations such apartments.
      I found it a lovely place to relax far away from noises and pollutions.

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