Castello di Buttrio and its surrounding parkland have been restored to their original splendour by Alessandra Felluga’s meticulous hard work. History’s legacy has been scrupulously respected and integrated into the wine estate. A stroll around the grounds lets you enjoy the gracefully replanted gardens that overlook an amphitheatre of vine-clad slopes, affording a breathtaking view of the gulf of Trieste.

The 18th century mansion

The first things to catch the visitor’s eye are the imposing stone columns of the stylish 20th-century art nouveau gate bearing the coat of arms and initials of Baron Elio Morpurgo (1858-1944). Attention then turns to the 18th-century mansion, with its neoclassical façade and art nouveau inserts. Inside are the rooms of the welcoming wine resort.

The 17th-century dwelling

At the bottom of the garden is a small 17th-century noble dwelling extending from a square tower to a crenellated neo-Gothic round turret, both brick-faced. Decorating the entrance is a round arch, three French windows with stone balustrades on the first floor and a series of small elliptical windows under the eaves surmounted by a dentellated cornice.

Farm buildings and stables

The farm buildings and adjacent stables partly incorporate the buttresses that fortified the ancient castle. Part of the crenellations can still be seen on the surrounding walls that enclose the gardens.

The church

Beyond the Locanda is the 14th-century church of Santi Gervasio e Protasio, which can be booked for weddings. From here, an avenue winds around the hill offering views of the vineyards as you stroll through cypresses, magnolias, European and hop hornbeams, walnut trees, bay laurels, cedars and umbrella pines.

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