Based in Yecla, Familia Castaño is known for its huge efforts to promote one of Spain's native varieties, Monastrell. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines, with almost Syrah-like complexity, which over deliver in terms of value year after year.
Monastrell was once used exclusively for bulk wines and blending, but Castaño began bottling characterful, single varietal Monastrell in the 1980s. Today, in the expert hands of Daniel Castaño and his family, the variety maintains high quality even at moderate to generous yields. 80% of the family's 600 hectares of vineyards are dedicated to Monastrell, with smaller plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Macabeo and Chardonnay. The Monastrell is sourced from non-irrigated bush and trellis vines up to 40 years old in the 'Las Gruesas' and 'Pozuelo' vineyards respectively. Totalling 90 hectares, the two vineyards are located at an altitude of 750 metres, with a north-south aspect, on sandy limestone soils.