D.O. Costers del Segre, Spain
Castell del Remei is located in Penelles (D.O. Costers del Segre, Spain) and was built in 1780 and the first vines were planted at the same time. By the 19th century, they had 988 acres of local varietals of grapes, and were the first Catalan winery to sell “aged wine” on the market, using their own brand. They received their first award in 1887, the gold medal at the Brussels International Expo. In 1902, Castell del Remei established a guide for their workers on how to care and provide for the vineyards (Manaments pels Mitgers). It is a reflection of their admiration and respect for the vineyards and soils, and consistency of the vineyard work. Castell del Remei is the 4th oldest brand in Spain.
The Castell del Remei estate currently consists of six adjoining buildings that are partially built underground to avoid temperature variations. Half of the winery is dedicated to barrel aging wines primarily in French oak barrels. The estate also includes a restaurant, a castle that was built in 1780 and a church devoted to the Virgin of Remei.
Today, Castell del Remei manages 345 acres of vineyards. They plant a mixture of grape varieties: mainly: Tempranillo, Garnacha, and also some others as: Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vines is 20 years old, and some of their garnachas are more than 40 years old.
The vineyards are located at 2,000 feet above sea level. The soil is mainly calcareous (chalky), but also includes some limestone. There is marked diversity of the soils in the estate that contributes to the enormous wealth of nuances typical of Castell del Remei wines.