About the Producer
Coming from a background in music, Julia Casado’s first encounter with winemaking came in the Pfalz region of Germany where she combined her musical studies playing the cello with a stage at a local winery. Absorbed by the wonders of winemaking, she moved back to her native Murcia in 2010 rapidly becoming a reference not only in the region but Spain in general for that matter. Initially she worked exclusively with Monastrell, known locally as “la del terreno,” she decided to make her own wine there in 2015. Given she is also “from the region,” La del Terreno seemed like an appropriate name.
She rented a vineyard spread across 3.5h in Jumilla. Fifty year old goblet trained vines planted on sandy loam soils at about 500m of altitude. The rich limestone component in the soil plays an important role in retaining moisture throughout the long, hot and dry summer months while her organic and respectful practice are heavily reflected throughout her farming and winemaking. For the 2016 vintage, she brought her project to Bullas where she is building her own sustainable mobile winery out of modular shipping containers.
Julia’s musical sensibility shows in her wine. Monastrell can be a tough grape, especially from this hot mediterranean climate, but somehow she’s managed to make it sing in harmony with some of the region’s best. For this first vintage, grapes were foot trodden and whole clusters were fermented in cement undergoing a short maceration. Then the wine was transferred to old 500L foudre for malolactic fermentation where it remained for about 8 months of aging before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
Initially she worked exclusively with Monastrell, known locally as “la del terreno,” she decided to make her own wine there in 2015. Given she is also “from the region,” La del Terreno seemed like an appropriate name.