Red wine Barrel. 10 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell.
Red wine Barrel. 10 months in French and American oak barrels. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera.
Red wine Barrel. 6 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Monastrell
Red wine Young. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Monastrell
Rosé wine Young. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Monastrell
Red wine Barrel. 10 months in French and American oak barrels. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Monastrell and Garnacha Tinta.
Red wine Young Organic. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Monastrell
Red wine Barrel. 14 months in American oak barrels. Winery: Castaño. D.O. Yecla. (Murcia) Variety: Monastrell
D.O.: D.O. Yecla
Ramón Castaño's relationship with the world of wine goes back several generations, both of winegrowers and producers. Already in 1950, Ramón had built a new winery, modernizing and updating the technical means that he had and expanded the family vineyards. However, it was not until 1980 when he started bottling. At first, this attitude seemed too adventurous in the conservative winemaking world of Yecla, since the Monastrell allowed an easy commercialisation in the bulk market. The gradual incorporation of his three children into the family winery throughout the 80s brought a new approach: strengthening national markets and starting a stage of expansion to international markets.
The Castaño family has always been a pioneer in the area, experimenting with the Monastrell variety, both in varietal and in coupage, introducing the latest technological advances, both in vineyard and the winery. And implementing quality systems that allow the most suitable production.
When we mention Monastrell we have to say that in the world there are approximately 120,000 hectares, of which 50,000 are located in Spain. From these, around 400 hectares are owned by the Castaño family. It is a variety that adjusts perfectly to the climate and orographical conditions of Yecla, as it is able to withstand temperature differences, hot summers, and long and cold winters. But above all, it is capable of withstanding long drought periods, in which its development and production descend considerably.
The innovative philosophy of Bodegas Castaño has led them to experiment with the Monastrell in other denominations of origin, with clear differences in terms of soil, climate and organoleptic characteristics. This is how one of the highest-quality projects was born within D.O. Jumilla: Altos del Cuadrado, with a vineyard of around 50 hectares, where Monastrell coexists with other varieties such as Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
History of the winery
In 1950 Ramón Castaño Santa, son and grandson of winemakers, had already built a winery and began to expand the family vineyards. Later, in 1975, he acquired his first vineyards in the area of "Las Gruesas". During the following years and until the early 80s with the acquisition of the first bottling line, Ramón does not cease in his efforts to achieve modernization and quality.
At the beginning of the 90s, his three children, Ramón, Juan Pedro and Daniel, joined the winery team. Here is when the international journey began, with their presence in the most relevant fairs in the industry, prospecting trips, presentations and tastings. This further immersion into new markets creates the need for a greater technological development of the facilities in favour of quality, making them more competitive. This is why in 2002 a new storage warehouse with 3,000 m2 in distributed on two stories, fully air conditioned, was built. It included a bottle rack for ageing in bottles with capacity for 500,000 units and a cold chamber for pre-fermentation maceration.
They continuously buy the most modern maceration, stabilisation and vinification equipment on the market. Technological progression is associated with a single parameter in Bodegas Castaño: quality. This is why the evolution continues to be a reality in all its aspects: the vineyard, the winery and the market, making them a reference in the winemaking sector of south-east Spain.
Bodegas Castaño has an extension of vineyards that is of almost 600 hectares, distributed in different plots located in different parts of Denomination of Origin Yecla.
Las Gruesas is a 160-hectare vineyard located in the northern part of Yecla, planted on limestone-stony soils, with the varieties Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvingon Blanc and Red Grenache.
El Espinal is another 88-hectare vineyard located in the south-west area of Yecla, planted mainly on clayey soils with Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Maccabeu, Chardonnay and Tempranillo. In this farm we can also find the experimental plot, where there are 16 red and white varieties from other latitudes that are subject to permanent control and a subsequent empirical vinification.
Arabí is a 25-hectare plot located in the northern area of Yecla, on the skirts of Mount Arabí, planted on stony terrain, with Monastrell in vase-shape.
Casa Marta is a 9-hectare plot located in the northern area of Yecla, on the skirts of Mount Arabí, planted on stony terrain with Monastrell.
Hoya Muñoz is a small vineyard of only 2 hectares, located in the northern area of Yecla, on the skirts of Mount Arabí, also planted with Monastrell.
The 36-hectare plot Las Gateras is located in the north-west area of Yecla, planted mainly on limestone soil, with the varieties Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera, and Syrah.
Lastly, the 14-hectare plot Casa Igarza, is located in the north-east area of Yecla, planted mainly on limestone soil, with the white varieties Maccabeu and Muscat.
The harvest is always carried out manually to preserve the integrity of the grape. After a rigorous selection of vineyards, they proceed to perform ripeness control. In a first stage, this control is only visual: of the leaves, the stems and the grapes. As the ripeness increases, they proceed to the tasting of berries. Finally, they carry out a physical control by means of analysis, considering parameters of sugar, acidity and the health of the plant. With the data provided by the ripeness control, they begin the harvest. For certain wines from Bodegas Castaño they carry out the harvest in boxes, which are then transferred to a cold chamber for a cold pre-maceration and an exhaustive selection on tables.
Wines from Bodegas Castaño
Apart from the Monastrell, constant experimentation with other varieties, as well as the different soil types where the vineyards of the winery are located, allow a wide range of wines: white, rosé and young red, different levels of ageing in oak in harmony with each type of wine, single-variety wines and harmonious coupages, that the winery gathers in five large families: Esenciales, Castaño, Ecológico, Casas and Dominio Espinal.
Their basic line Castaño gathers a white made from Maccabeu and Chardonnay, a rosé and a young red, both made from Monastrell. The family Dominio Espinal includes a Maccabeu white, a Monastrell rosé, a young red with 85% Monastrell, 15% Syrah, and the Dominio Espinal Selección, a red with medium ageing, made from 80% Monastrell, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. The line Castaño Ecológico includes a young red made from Monastrell, a red made from Monastrell with 6 months of ageing in barrel, and a young white made from Maccabeu.
Within the group Esenciales, the Castaño GSM stands out. It is a red wine aged in barrels, made with 20% Garnacha Tintorera, 40% Syrah and 40% Monastrell. A red wine with a lot of ripe fruit and with notes of bakery on the nose. On the palate it is fleshy, but soft and juicy. It has delicious black cherry and blackberry flavours, with sweet tannins and a long aftertaste.
Hécula Monastrell is a varietal with 6 months of ageing in barrels. Rich and elegant aromas of blueberries, ripe raspberries and liquorice, with subtle hint of white flowers. In the mouth it is opulent, juicy and with notes of wood.
Castaño Colección Cepas Viejas is a red wine with 10 months of ageing in barrels, made with 70% 45-year-old Monastrell, and 30% 32-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon. Complex on the nose, with nuances of ripe black fruits, spicy notes of clove, black pepper, and elegant woods. In the mouth it is soft, with body, at the same time as soft and delicate, with marked but elegant tannins. Long and persistent finish.
Santa is a red wine with 10 months of ageing in French and American oak barrels, made from 90% Monastrell and 10% Garnacha Tintorera. On the nose it shows notes of red and black fruits, spices and some minerality on an elegant smoky touch. In the mouth it returns the elegance and softness of the ripe red fruit. Well structured, with a good balance of acidity and freshness. A sweet and soft tannin in a pleasant and long finish.
Castaño Dulce is a sweet red aged for 6 months in French and American oak barrels, made with Monastrell. Very clean on the nose, medium intensity, with nuances of black fruit jam, raisined notes, carob and black olives. Fresh and tasty, sensations of plum jam and dried nuts and fruit (figs). Pleasant finish with a hint of acidity that balances the sweetness.
The line Casas includes the Casa Cisca, a 100% Monastrell red wine with an ageing of 16 months in barrels. On the nose it shows intense notes of ripe red fruit, perfectly assembled with its elegant spices (cocoa, tobacco). In the mouth it is fatty, meaty and well structured. A rich fruitiness and a pleasant acidity harmoniously wrap the toasted notes, with a long and silky finish, and a sweet and immersive tannic.
Their other wine is the red Casa de la Cera, made with 50% Monastrell that is over 45 years old, 40% Garnacha Tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. It is aged for 20 months in 500-litre French and American oak barrels. Intense and complex, with balsamic aromas, undergrowth, spices and minerals on a very fruity background (ripe red plum and wild berries). Sweet, of good acidity and tannic, with notes of sweet cacao in a long and elegant finish.