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Our Family, generation after generation, have been transmitting the secret of the Winemaking.
This tradition, have turned to Bodegas Fernando Castro into a great exporting company that, at present, reachs more than 70 countries.
At the moment, two generations work jointly, counting on the inestimable support of great professionals who contribute in the elaboration, raising and commercialization of our wines.
In our two productive plants the wines follow their natural cycle, in a exclusively area created for them.
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Bodegas Fernando Castro ends the summer with 4 new medals in Asia.
The Asia Wine Trophy contest has rewarded the winery with 3 medals. Two gold and one silver medal for 3 Grand Reserve wines with Appellation of Origin Valdepeñas. The awarded brands are Montecruz, Venta Real and Raíces.
This contest is the most important in Asia. Each year, judges from the main importing countries of Asia are present and reward the quality of wines in the Asian market, where interest in imported wines is booming.
In parallel, another relevant contest in China, the China Wine & Spirits Awards, has awarded the cellar with one more bronze medal for Decreto Real, exclusive brand of the client.
During last months, Bodegas Fernando Castro has participated in different international competitions of relevance, obtaining medals in several of them.
Among the most important prizes, the Appellation of Origin Valdepeñas Wine Awards stands out. The cellar obtained the first and second prize for Gran Reserva category. Once again, the brands Venta Real got the gold medal and Raíces the silver medal.
And for the second year in a row, the Wine in Box Awards gave a gold medal to a wine packaged in bag-in-box format: a red wine from the brand Salud!. This brand already won a gold medal last year for white wine.
Fantastic achievements that reinforce the growing reputation of Bodegas Fernando Castro in the international contest while the cellar strives to maintain the high standards set in 2017.
The German competition MUNDUS VINI certified again the exquisite quality and best taste of the cellar´s wines.
Castillo de Santa Bárbara wines presented in the portfolio of Bodegas Fernando Castro won 1 gold and 2 silver medals at the international degustation contest Mundus Vini (Germany).
The recently relased vintages for the family wines Castillo de Santa Bárbara has been fully awarded: gold medal for Castillo de Santa Barbara Reserva, and silver medals for Crianza and Gran Reserva.
More than 6,700 wines from 150 different wine producing regions of the world have been tasted and evaluated by an international jury of experts. Most of the wines submitted for tasting are from Italy (1,700) followed by Spain (1,400), France (750) and Portugal (700).
The results of the MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2018 were published on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. The award-winning wines from the Spring Tasting will be presented at the MUNDUS VINI Tasting Area at ProWein in Düsseldorf, the world's largest wine trade fair, from 18 to 20 March 2018, where Bodegas Fernando Castro will be participating on its own stand at the Spanish Pavillion.
The result: award-winning wines with nuances that are worth discovering.
Among more than 6.700 samples tasted in February at the Berliner Wein Trophy, Montecruz Gran Reserva, Raices Gran Reserva and Raices Reserva won the Gold Medal.
The Berlin Wine Trophy is among the most important wine-tasting events anywhere in the world, and is considered to be the largest wine-tasting competition under the patronage of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine).
Raices Gran Reserva has already scored 85 points at Guia Peñin 2018 tasting panel and it is well expected to increase its medal panel along 2018.
Well- reputed wines are possible due to considerable investment in the vineyards, winery, a united winemaking team and the watchful eye of Mr Castro who ensures that the winery is perfectly placed to succeed into the future.
We are proud for our wine makers and the whole team of Bodegas Fernando Castro!
The vice president of the provincial deputy Manuel Martínez Lopez presented the recognition to the "Exemplary Company" to Bodegas Fernando Castro.
The Entrepreneurs Federation from Valdepeñas, Campo de Montiel and La Solana counties (Feceval) has celebrated its 28th Anniversary with an Institutional Act in Valdepeñas. The act distinguished and honored companies and institutions that have stood out for their work and trajectory during the last year, including Bodegas Fernando Castro as Exemplary Company.
Among the speakers, the president of Feceval, Jesus Merlo, stressed that "they pay tribute to people who have stood out for their business work"; the mayor of Valdepeñas, Jesus Martin commented that "Valdepeñas is going well because there are entrepreneurs who work for their own and think about others and create jobs", and Rosa Romero made reference to this meeting of entrepreneurs as "a tribute to the work of those who bring wealth to this area."
Fernando Castro Alcarazo, current manager at Bodegas Fernando Castro picked up the award, and made a brief presentation in which he showed words of thanks for the award. During his speech he referred to the winery as the oldest winery of CLM under the direction of the same family. He pointed the succes was due to the labor of a great team adapted to the new legislation and new technologies, with great eort and a constant work of learning along with the experience of the tradition. He also thanked his family and the members of the winery for the success and longevity of the winery.
Castilla-La Mancha has registered in 2017 one of the earliest harvest campaigns that are remembered, with an earlier harvest of 15-20 days.
DO Valdepeñas has reported a 6% year-on-year drop in this year’s harvest, ending the season with a total of 93.4 million kilos of grapes. Data released for this year’s harvest showed a volume decline of 5.7 million kilos compared to the previous harvest in 2016, which was already scarce, being the most significant decrease in white varieties.
Around 38 million kilos are white grapes authorized in this appellation (Muscatel de Grano Menudo, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Macabeo, Verdejo and Airen) and 55.4 million kilos are red grapes of the following varieties: Petit Verdot, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo.
The harvest season had developed under normal conditions in the vineyards and in the wineries, with more than 2,500 wine growers in the region, which comprises approximately 22,000 hectares of vineyards, having picked their grapes in “perfect sanitary” conditions and high quality standards. The maximum yields per hectares in order to make wines under DO Valdepeñas are 6,000 kilos for red grapes and 7,500 for white grapes.
This year’s quality predicts a good classification of 2016´s vintage, although we would have to wait until March, when most part of the wines are ready and certified.
Weather conditions in the area of had presented high temperatures and scarce rain during spring and summer, which resulted in an early harvest with a normal maturation cycle according to the characteristics of the area. Vineyards, whose grapes are used for table wines or other quality standards, had suffered from greater decreases.
Forecasted decline in production incited wineries to increase the price of the grapes as the harvest season advanced in order to wineries needs and market demand. Wine growers has benefited from "some profitability" in the price of grapes.
The purchase prices of the first grape deliveries began with significant increases compared to the prices paid at the end of the previous harvest, with increases between 12 and 20%. However, as the grape harvest progressed, the price of the grape increased again between 30 and 33% compared to the end of 2016 harvest.
Bodegas Fernando Castro medal panel continues to increase, even during the summer season, right in the middle of the harvest season for next vintage 2017.
This time two different contests rewards the cellar´s wines, Berliner Wine Trophy in its Summer Edition and its European brother Portugal Wine Trophy. Both wine contests are organized by DWM (Deustche Wein Marketing), with an experience of more than 20 years working in the wine sector.
As the organiser of the Berliner, Asia and Portugal Wine Trophy, the Deutsche Wein Marketing (DWM) guarantees that without exception, the samples submitted will be judged by an independent and international jury of experts according to the guidelines of the OIV.
Both competitions are held under the auspices of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the International Union of Oenologists (UIOE). Therefore, they are considered worldwide among the most influential wine competitions in the wine sector.
Bodegas Fernando Castro has been rewarded with a gold medal at the Berliner Wine Trophy for its best-selling young red wine in Japan, branded Valdemonte. However, the jury gathered in Anadia (Portugal) selected Castillo de Baños Reserva 2013, an oaked wine, obtaining a gold medal at Portugal Wine Trophy 2017 in its IV edition.
It is also worth mentioning 3 more medals obtained in Portugal Wine Trophy, two gold medals for Marques de Campoblanco Gran Reserva 2011 and Reserva 2013, and silver medal for Caballero Medieval Sauvignon Blanc, exclusive brands from Bodegas Fernando Castro´s clients.
Congratulations and thank you for being part of Bodegas Fernando Castro.
Salud Chardonnay and Selection & Comptoirs Cabernet Sauvignon have been awarded with the label "Best Wine in Box"
out of 180 samples submitted to the competition.
With a gold medal as the only reward, the International Competition Wine in Box 2017 , held in Toulouse on March 24, the only wine contest dedicated to wines packaged in Bag-in-Box (BIB). This format is rarely presented in tasting papels.
The contest is aimed at producers around the world who market wine in bag in box. The wine evaluation is followed by a strict blind tasting and by category, without distinction of price or appearance, by a tasting panel made up of industry members and experts.
The growth of the BIB format is exponential in some countries and leader in sales in Northern Europe. The technical advantages of this format include the ease of transport and storage, its seal and oxygen barrier installed in the faucet which prevents oxidation and extend the service life from 6 to 8 weeks after opening, ensuring that packaged wines retain all their organoleptic properties.
Six new medals enlarge the collection of Bodegas Fernando Castro at the winter edition of the Berlin Wine Trophy 2017.
Among Valdepeñas wines, 4 Gold Medals go to Castillo de la Cruz gran Reserva, Venta Real Gran Reserva, Castillo de Poto Reserva and Valdemonte Dark, awarding the great care and commitment that Bodegas Fernando Castro dedicates to a typical grape with extraordinary personality, the tempranillo.
Among the winners there is a new entry: Valdemonte Dark, this red young wine was born this year but already proved to be a champion. The gold medal of the Berlin Wine Trophy is a new prestigious award for this wine range which has recently been awarded in Japan with the Sakura Wine Awards.
Gold medal for Valdemonte Young Red wine, and 3 Silver Medals for Castillo de Santa Bárbara Reserva, Finca los Altos Gran Reserva and Rio de la Luna Gran Reserva.
On San Valentine´s day, the international wine competition Sakura Wine Awards 2017 published its results. The award-winning were selected among 4,212 wines from 37 countries as the result of the tasting assessment by 406 female juries from Jan.28th to Feb.1st, 2017.
“Even Japanese ladies have appreciated our Valdemonte. It is certainly a wine which allows excellent matches with the cuisines of distant countries, conceived to go hand in hand with food without dominating it. A 100% female jury has awarded him a gold medal and we are proud of It.” commented Fernando Castro, owner and GM of the winery, the fifth generation of a winegrower’s family.
The Gold Medal, Valdemonte distinguished itself for being 100% elaborated with Tempranillo grape and its Appellation of Origin Valdepeñas. A wine produced from vines planted on clayey, limestone soils, crossed by the River Jabalón and seared by the sun. This Tempranillo possesses an intense and brilliant cherry red color and shows aromas of red berry fruit and hints of ripe cherries. The palate is full with velvety tannins.
Raices Gran Reserva and Finca la Lomilla Garnacha Joven repeat score in Peñin Guide, 85 and 86 points out of 100, respectively. Tanis Gran Reserva obtained 86 points and Alba de los Infantes Reserva 85 points.
In addition to these superb scores for our wines, 19 more wines of Bodegas Fernando Castro have been scored by the tasting panel of Peñin Guide, with scores between 79 and 84 points. All these wines are under the appellation of origin Valdepeñas, except for Finca las Virtudes and Finca la Lomilla which belong to the Geographical Indication Tierra de Castilla.
At Peñin Guide Wine Show, the best Spanish quality- price wines of the Peñín Guide 2017 are listed. In this edition, 11,500 samples have been tasted, being undoubtedly the best reference of the wine sector in our country.
Among the wines tasted, it is highlighted the presence of almost 37% of young wines, despite the climatic diculties due to drought and high temperatures.
Record at the medal panel of Bodegas Fernando Castro. In addition to the 32 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 9 bronze medals were awarded by judges from all over the world, bringing the total number of medals awarded across to 55.
It’s been a great period for the cellar, culminated in Israel at the Terravino Mediterranean International Wine & Spirits Challenge.
Including other recent awards, the last gold medal brings to 32 the total number of Trophies received for our wines over the past 12 months. This number of medals was not obtained since the year 2010, but 2016 has had record in gold medals.
'It's been a huge honor' says the CEO Fernando Castro. 'All of us at Bodegas Fernando Castro are extremely grateful to be acknowledged in this way and it will inspire and challenge us to be even more creative in coming vintages.'
Tempranillo grape was once again the star performer with 41 medals, 24 gold, all from the Appellation of Origin Valdepeñas.
Below the other prizes, the cellar team is particularly happy for the success of our Grandes Reservas, which continue succeeding in all wine contest the cellar participates.
Each harvest season , the oenologist team at Bodegas Fernando Castro carefully selects for ageing the best wine batches of Tempranillo grape which have been followed from the vineyard. “We were confident these were going to be delightful wines and we weren't wrong” said one of the oenologists.
Gold Medal to Raices Gran Reserva 2009, and two Silver Medals for Love Cabernet Sauvignon and Love Tempranillo at Terravino 2016 Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge.
The recently marketed Brand LOVE is celebrating its rst medals, won at Terravino 2016 Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge. The silver medals indicates the quality of our new Brand is apropriate and we are certain that many more medals and awards are waiting for us in the future.
Terravino 2016 took place between november 27th and December the 1st in the city of Ashdod, Israel. Founded eleven years ago, Terravino International Wine Competition has gained a prestigious reputation among the wine industry. The panel of judges include key gures in the wine industry, wine journalists, and prominent individuals from the tourism industry.
Fernando Castro, CEO of Bodegas Fernando Castro said, “This news is extremely exciting, and we truly put an enormous amount of time and energy to ensure our wines present quality. From day one, our mission as a winery was to produce outstanding wines for discerning wine enthusiasts across the globe, and this is exactly what we have accomplished.”
Bodegas Fernando Catro wins 6 new golden medals and an additional silver medal for its wines with Appellation of Origin Valdepeñas at the international contest "Asia Wine Trophy" held in South Korea.
The gold medal awarded are: Castillo de Baños Reserva (vintage 2012) y Gran Reserva (vintage 2010), Caballero Medieval Gran Reserva (vintage 2010), Raices Gran Reserva (vintage 2010), Decreto Real Crianza (vintage 2013) y Finca La Lomilla Grenache (vintage 2015). Being the Silver medal awarded Valdemonte (vintage 2015).
The 4th Asia Wine Trophy Competition was held at Daejeon, South Korea, from 24 to 27 October. Daejeon International Marketing Enterprise (DIME) and Deutsche Wein – Marketing GmbH has collaboratively hosted and organized the event under the patronage of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine).
The Competition is held to coincide with two other high profile Asian wine events also being held in Daejeon: the International Wine & Spirits Fair (28 to 30 October) and the Asia Wine Buyers Conference (26 to 30 October).
In the Asian Wine Trophy competition there were 3,869 entries, from 30 countries. The judging was carried out by a total of 130 judges, from 23 countries, working on 20 panels. Over half of the judges were drawn from eight countries in Asia, mostly from Korea.
Two bronze medals for Raices Gran Reserva 2010 and Valdemonte 2015 at the end of the harvest campaign 2015/16 at one of the most competitive wine contest, Decanter Asia 2016.
We would like to thank Decanter who year after year encourage the wineries to participate and promote our wines around the world.
The cellar team trust the Tempranillo grape for red wines. An early-ripening grape with a moderate production output, Tempranillo produces intensely aromatic wines that are ideal for ageing both in the barrel and the bottle.
The international awards are the most pleasant time of our activity as it makes us feel even prouder of our product.
The Wines of Bodegas Fernando Castro express the personality of a unique region where a climate of extreme temperatures and the special characteristics of the land are ideal for growing high quality vines.
Bodegas Fernando Castro is located in the heart of the Designation of Origin Valdepeñas, at the location of Santa Cruz de Mudela whoch preserves the cultural and culinary traditions of La Mancha.
Sandy, clayey, limestone soils, crossed by the River Jabalón and seared by the sun. A land where rain falls in the spring and autumn, and sometimes torrentially in summer. A land with a distinctly continental climate, with extreme temperatures which may can surpass 40 ºC and drop as low as -10 ºC. A land with a character as intense as the wines it rewards us with.
This edition, Spain is in the top 3 countries / 302 wines awarded Most prizes for Spanish wines are distributed between the regions of La Rioja, Castilla y León and Castilla La Mancha.
In the beginning of September a veritable tasting marathon took place in Neustadt, Germany, with 4300 wines from all over the world. The 150 jury members from 38 countries, travelled to Germany for this year's MUNDUS VINI Summer Tasting.
MUNDUS VINI is one of the most respected international wine competition. A highly qualified international jury comprising oenologists, wine-makers, professional wine traders, sommeliers and expert journalists taste the wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines in 'blind' tasting rounds. The number of products destined to receive prizes in the competition is limited to 40% of the samples submitted with the highest points tally reached in their relevant category.
With a minimum age of 60 months, of which at least 18 months have been spent in oak barrels with a maximum capacity of 225 liters, Castillo de Santa Barbara Gran Reserva delight us with its ruby red colour, almost brick colour.
Its still intense aromas of ripen red fruits mixed with touches of toasted aroma from oak ageing, together with its pleasant taste in mouth and tasty long lasting end has conquered the jurors´ palate.
Castillo de Santa Barbara Gran Reserva is excellent as a gift and special event. It matches well with grilled and roasted meat.
The Gran Reserva´s of Bodegas Fernando Castro conquer again the Asian market Two new awards for Bodegas Fernando Castro in harvest season.
Raíces Gran Reserva 2010 got gold medal and Caballero Medieval Gran Reserva 2010 bronze medal, selected by Chinese experts in the still wines category.
These two wines have participated this time at the China Wines & Spirits Awards 2016 (CWSA 2016), the biggest and most presti
gious wine and spirits competition in China, the CWSA. For several years the Chinese wine market has stood as the largest in the world, and thanks to a booming middle class along with innovations and promotions from large-sca le online sellers such as Alibaba.
The news about these new awards concur with the start of the harvest season and a busy Fernando Castro Alcarazo, current general manager of the cellar, briefly commented about the victories in CWSA 2016: “We are honored. Many of the most acclaimed wineries from around the globe compete each year, and it is exciting to see that our products can stand with the best in the world. Quality has always been at the forefront of our efforts, and our success at CWSA 2016 only strengthens our resolve to create the best wines for our clients”
Thanks Berlin! This prestigious international wine competition has again selected the wines of Bodegas Fernando Castro in the gold panel, receiving a total of 4 medals.
Caballero Medieval Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Decreto Real Crianza 2013, Castillo de Baños Reserva 2012 and Castillo Santa Bárbara Gran Reserva 2010 have been awarded with gold medals in one of the most important competitions: the summer edition of International Berlin Wine Trophy.
In this summer edition still, sparkling and liqueur wines were presented, and Bodegas Fernando Castro participated again and obtained four new medals. 150 people represented the tasting panel and yielded a total score of 16 Grand Gold medals, 1,172 gold medals and 315 silver medals.
After hearing the news, Fernando Castro Alcarazo, current general manager of the cellar, recalled his remarks in late July "The awards are the result of careful preparation set in line with a good presentation of the final product."
These four awards for the winning wines represent a great stepping stone to exports, priority goal for the cellar, increasing significantly its sales potential in foreign markets.