Julia Casado - Bodega Modular La del Terreno, Bullas, Murcia
Julia’s first real exposure to winemaking was in Pfalz while playing cello at a local winery. Falling in love with the art of turning grapes into wine, she worked at wineries in Chile in Uruguay and the legendary Vega Sicilia. When she returned to her native Murcia she joined Casa Castillo in D.O. Jumilla. It is while here she rented a 3.5 hectare vineyard of 50 year old bush vinemonastrell and in 2015 produced her first wine - La del Terreno.
In 2016 she decided to move her project to Bullas and built a mobile sustainable winery from modular shipping containers.
Now making three wines, two from monastrell and one from garnacha, her vineyards are farmed organically, the fruit foot trod, spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts, no fining or filtration and only minimal sulphur added at bottling.
Tasting: Julia Casado is a strong voice for artisan Monastrell in Spain. She makes organically grown low or no sulphur wines in D.O. Bullas, southeast Spain – where interestingly 80% of the appellation is certified organic. Working from her ‘modular’ winery (a converted shipping container) she produces this Monastrell from old plots of bush vines, organically grown from local producers. It is lower medium bodied, plush blackcurrants, loganberries, damson and soft rounded tannins with a very distinct herbaceous edge.