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Characteristics of Casar Godello
Casar Godello is a white wine from the D.O Bierzo produced by the Casar de Burbia winery. This is a single variety wine, made using only Godello grapes.
The grapes used for Casar Godello are taken from vineyards situated near the town of Valtuille de Arribe, at 600 metres above sea level. The vines, which are over 30 years old, grow on slate and quartz soils. The area is home to an Atlantic and Continental climate: a wide range in temperatures, with extremely cold winters and very hot summers, as well as frequent rainfall.
The harvest is carried out manually, with the grapes being transported to the winery in small 10kg capacity boxes. This way, the fruit does not break and prematurely ferment during the journey. At the winery, the grapes are hand selected at a selection table. The winemaking process then begins using only the grapes in the best condition.
The first phase of the production process is cold maceration which takes place at 12º. The must that is obtained is then drained and pressed. Following this, Casar Godello is moved to 5,000 litre capacity tanks, where it remains for 20 days at temperatures controlled between 14º and 16º.
Casar Godello is then aged for 8 months on its lees. The wine is finally stabilised before being bottled.
Casar de Burbia is a family run project that was founded back in the 1980’s by Nemesio Fernández. Like any classic winery from El Biezo, the red variety Mencía, as well as the white variety Godello, are the wineries best assets.
In recent years, winemakers and developers have settled in the DO Bierzo with very plausible innovative ideas, investing heavily in local wineries, resulting in the production of personal and unique wines. There is no doubt that El Bierzo has become a trendy and cool D.O, aided by the spicy, delicate and velvety Mencia grape, whose character and great capacity of expression of terroir is undoubtedly the regions best asset. Even many compare it to the Pinot Noir, which together with the small scale style of production and topography of its vineyards, the traditional form of the Burgundian bottle used, and the original use of the names of towns and places in their best wines, resulted in this wine region being given the nickname of "little Spanish burgundy".
The Fernandez Bello family started to produce wine in the 80's by purchasing vineyards in the mountainous zones and highest areas of the valley, in Valtuille de Arriba (Leon). The most significant assets of the winery are undoubtedly its 27 has of vineyards surrounding the Road to Santiago.