Torre Castillo is a family owned winery run by Julian Lopez Lizan. It is located in Montealegre del Castillo, in the heart of the D.O. Jumilla. The family built a new cellar in 1996 and got new equipment that allowed them to take advantage of the most modern techniques to produce high quality wine. Also, they own 700 oak barrels. After spending two years experimenting two different vineyards, they had their first harvest in 1997 and released their first vintage in 2000. They started to export their wines in 2003. The export market keeps growing and now represents 60%.
Our vineyards are situated in Montealegre del Castillo, 800 ft above sea level, in the extreme southeast of the province of Albacete, in a very poor and chalky soil.
The climate is continental with predominantly westerly dry winds. The winters, with numerous frosts, are very cold while the summers are hot and dry, with a striking contrast between day and night temperatures. Rainfall does not usually exceed 150 metric litres squared per annum.
With such extreme growing conditions of our vineyards, some of them with more than 30 years old, on dry land and glass shaped, make the monastrell variety the best suited to these conditions, producing scarcely 3.000 kilos per hectare. Soil treatment is minimal due to the climate and the exclusive use of organic fertilizer. Polyphenol ripening is followed very closely in order to fix the best time of the harvest which is normally at the end of October. The harvested grapes immediately go into 500 kilos cages or boxes in order to arrive intact to the winery. Once pressed and after cold maceration, they are fermented in stainless steel tanks.