About Bodegas Castano:
There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano,
which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.
Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old
as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings
and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of
the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs
the winery with the help of other members of the family.
The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega,
and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine
Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all
wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin
structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many
of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.