“Castillo”derived from the word “Castilla”, which was an indirect reference to the word “Castles” during the Reconquist era, it was also one of the medieval crowns discovered by the Kingdom of Spain, hence there are more medieval castles and fortresses in Spain as of today. “Castillos”, the symbol of power and a place where pleasure in life was taken highly into consideration. Music, literature and paintings were able to evolve under their protection, and it was behind these walls that cultivated the art, culture and knowledge of the land. In commemoration to Spanish castles, where they served as a source of evolution and establishment of Spain, GRAN Castillo established a wine with distinctive Spanish characteristics in hopes of recovering the monumental aspects of Spanish castles’ stone walls while incorporating the sweetness of the castles’ interior designs in between these walls. Every sip of GRAN Castillo wine is like a toast to the Castillos glowing under the blazing sun and to the former kingdom that once encompassed the territory between Requena and Valencia, where the birth of GRAN Castillo took place next to its coastal area. The land was was blessed with millenary wine culture, rich histories of ancient Spanish castles and the exquisite Mediterranean climate. This is why GRAN Castillo’s wines hold a rich bouquet of taste and reflects the sweet flavours of life, giving wine drinkers a truly delightful experience.
Spain has been covered with countless castles and fortresses since the dark middle ages. These magnificent buildings have always symbolised power and strength, protecting the development of culture, music and art. These walls hid the cradle of Spanish culture of the castilla-era and these walls witnessed the establishment of the Kingdom of Spain.
These stone walls basking in sunshine have sustained lashing rains, bending winds and the sharp blades of the Muslims. These are the walls that protected Spain and its culture. Protected the traditional cuisine and the marvellous wines made of ripe grapes that have matured during long sunny days.
Moreover, these castles and fortresses, or as the Spanish say –castillos –always have been places where people could enjoy life and spend a good time drinking good wine. The ability to enjoy life to the fullest is reputedly an important aspect of Spanish culture.
These magnificent castles became the cradle of Spanish culture in the most genuine sense of the word. Castillos were the meeting place of the musicians, troubadours, poets and talented painters. Castillos were also the place where Spanish national culture started to flourish. A culture that deserves to be commemorated.
Gran Castillo wines, inspired by the Kingdom of Spain of the Castillo-era, combine the strong character of the ancient stone walls and the sweet life that has always bubbled inside these walls. Every sip of Gran Castillo wine is a toast to the castillos glowing under the blazing sun and to the former kingdom that once encompassed the territory between Requena and Valencia. It is right here that the Gran Castillo wineries are located.
Gran Castillo wines bring the spirit of ancient castillos into the present day. They combine a wine culture a thousand years old, a magnificent history and modern wine making techniques. This is how these wines with a rich taste bouquet and a sweet flavour of life come to give a truly enjoyable experience
Víctor Marqués is an expert in wine-making and wine-growing; he was trained as an agricultural engineer and holds a Master’s degree in wine-making. His academic career has always been connected with a solid professional background and this has allowed him to take the position of Assistant Technology Director in one of the leading companies in the Region of Valencia.
He is currently in charge of developing wines in the cellar of Bodegas Gran Castillo. He strives for getting the maximum vividness out of varieties so that the wines would have a strong identity that exposes the singularity of the region and the characteristic features of the varieties used in them.
In order to achieve this, he can rely on excellent terrains and the climate, which allow the potential of grape varieties to be developed in full in this unique environment; he can also make the best use of the wine cellar equipped with state-of-the art technology for preserving the fruits of vineyards and the staff who are qualified and motivated to offer customers ultimate satisfaction.