Bodegas Castano, Yecla, Spain
Ramon Castaño Santa, and his 3 sons created Bodegas Castaño in the 1970’s. While it is still a family-run operation, it is by no means small. Initially the vineyards were planted entirely of Monastrell and Garnacha but were slowly restructured and planted with other varieties. Today, the estate is 350 hectares of vineyards, in 3 zones, which are geographically and characteristically different. The two vineyards located in the North are called Pozuelo and Las Gruesas (700m elevation) and one to the South in the zone is named Espinal (600m elevation).
Yecla is known for its warm climate with high levels of sunshine throughout the year. Castano owns some of the highest vineyard parcels in the zone, with many over 700 meters in altitude, located in the northern reaches of the D.O. The soil is primarily made up of limestone in the North and clay in the low lying South.