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Bodegas Castro Ventosa

It is difficult to locate the beginning of the family, in the cultivation of the vine, but already in 1752 they appear as viticulturists in Valtuille and produce wine from some plots where their grapes are part of the wines of the winery.

More current in the formation of Castro Ventosa as an institutional name that the current generation would adopt, succeeding the previous brothers of Rosaura López Fuente, her grandmother, who reflected a change in style without changing their philosophy.

Today, Castro Ventosa reflects the more traditional spirit of wine production in harmony with the experience inherited generation after generation, and only the cultivation of his own land guarantees his personality when producing his wines.

The wines are the result of the process of fruits that, year after year, pass from generation to generation, are already around 60 ha. he came from the city of Valtuille de Abajo, 80% over 50 years old and from the varieties that our ancestors believed to be better for their wines.

The vineyard is located in the hills of the city of Valtuille de Abajo, there are about 300 plots set on different soils and different orientations, thus guaranteeing the organoleptic diversity of our wines.

The circular cellar built in concrete and buried, is the structure that preserves the necessary conditions for the stay of barrels and wines.

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Bodegas Castro Ventosa

Bierzo

Wines with identity

Administratively, Bierzo belongs to the wide region of Castilla y Léon, well within the limits of the currency. However, its soil, subsoil, and climate, have much more to do with the Galicia region. In fact, relative humidity, rainfall, and relatively low temperatures are influenced by the Cantabrian Sea and the Atlantic. Thus, we have an average annual temperature of around 12º centigrade and rainfall of around 700 mm. The soil has a slime-like texture on slopes between altitudes of 450 to 800 meters. The stony is also important with a kind of shale called pizarras, mostly clayey. With almost three thousand hectares of vineyards, Mencia largely dominates red grape vineyards.

Priorato and Bierzo, similar in their constitution, transmit the typical minerality to wines. Climatic differences are imperative in the respective terroir differences.

Bierzo x Priorato

This is certainly the second biggest rivalry in Spain in terms of regions, after Rioja x Ribera del Duero, more classic and traditional. In this clash, only the consumer benefits from wines with great personality and very typical grapes, marking the respective terroirs with property.

Bierzo is in a valley like a cauldron, surrounded by mountains where some also have vineyards that are difficult to access, giving an imposing and spectacular view where no one is indifferent.

I personally recommend the Mencia which is the Rainha do Bierzo grape variety, but also the great white wines from the Godello grape variety, fantastic whites and with enormous personality, with freshness and excellent greasiness, easy to see how the market has adhered to these wines when we realize that the kilo of Godello grapes from this region can reach almost 5 euros.