Los Castillejos is in the Sierra de la Almijara mountain range, in the province of Granada but on the border of Malaga province. The vineyard is oriented south-east, so it benefits from plenty of sunlight (3500 annual hours) and Mediterranean breezes. The resulting microclimate is outstanding for growing grapevines (average temperatures between 14 and 10 ºC).
The grapevine area is 850 m above sea level. On slopes of around 40%. The clay-limestone soil and shale force the vines to struggle and yet develop perfectly, enhancing grape flavours in our latitude. The elevation, temperature and Mediterranean breeze make the grapes ripen slowly steadily during the summer months. The result is a firmer grape with more aroma and flavour.
The density is 2900 plants per hectare. We grow red grapes (40% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Tempranillo and 10% Merlot) with vines from 20 to 30 years old. The process for making Tinto Castillejos respects that percentage to produce wine as close as possible to what the terroir offers with each harvest.
The pruning style we use for Castillejos is bilateral cordon on trellises. We use traditional, manual methods of growing grapevines, allowing them integrate into their surroundings. The pruning method is green pruning. The vines are only irrigated by rainwater (300-600 mm annual rainfall). All this allows us to obtain natural, more flavoursome grapes, with low production.