In Bullas, Murcia, Spain, Julia Casado farms 50+-year-old vines; predominantly Monastrell (Mourvèdre), but also the white varieties Macabeo, Moscatelo and the very rare Valentí. She works according to regenerative agriculture practices and makes minimal intervention wines with no additions save for sulfites.
"I had started to drink natural wines and to learn about the philosophies of those winemakers. Before, at university, we had always drunk technical wines. More and more, I felt that just wasn’t my thing."
People: Julia Casado
Place: Bullas, Murcia, Spain
Varieties: Monastrell (Mourvèdre), Macabeo, Moscatelo and the very rare Valentí
Farming: Organic — Regenerative Agriculture
Did You Know? Her vineyard is located in a national park. Due to being in a protected area—resulting in the use of chemicals in agriculture being prohibited—it hasn’t seen any chemicals for over 20 years.
This year, Julia has moved to the border of Andalusia, to live in a community with other environmentally motivated young people who are working towards regenerative agriculture in their various sectors. Amongst them are an artisan beekeeper, a carpenter, a metalsmith, a rare breed cattle farmer and a herbalist. The plan is for them to collaborate and plant a vineyard together on the land.