Spain’s “Oldest” & “Funniest” Winemakers


Bodegas Casto Pequeño // Castilla y León

This winery has two experienced winemakers (pictured below). I had the pleasure of meeting the very entertaining Alberto Gutierrez on my first buying trip to Europe, and the Cotoval Tempranillo has been in our book ever since. Over the last years, we’ve added several more lines (see below for more details).

Spain has the largest output of wine in the world- a lot of it is just juice. Our friends at Bodegas Casto Pequeño acquired the winery in 1977 by the Casto Family. The focus is on making quality wines that represent their region, while having an extremely competitive price. Using the latest technology, their modern facility is able to produce top wines that are exported all over Europe and beyond.

Winery Casto Pequeño was founded in 1977 when the two oenologists Casto Pequeño (the “Oldest”) and Alberto Gutierrez (the “Funniest”) created Casto Pequeño SL. Casto Pequeño is the oldest living active oenologist in Spain, and his extensive experience is useful in achieving wines with good quality.

The Bodega is located outside the city Benavente, about an hour due south of the city of León. Ever since its inception, the philosophy has been to create quality wines at reasonable prices and since 2005 the Bodega produced wine under DO Tierra de Castilla y León. The winery does not own vines; therefore, it sources all of its grapes from the more famous neighboring districts, with the philosophy that they will make wine of at least the same quality as in (for example) Duero, but at a much better price. They succeed at this by buying the grapes, after which they are transported to Bodegas Casto Pequeño where the wine is made. They don’t have the DO stamp of Ribera del Duero for examples, but they also don’t have to pay the price for this stamp.

We carry the following wines from Casto Pequeño:
Bodegas Casto Pequeño “Cotoval” Verdejo
Bodegas Casto Pequeño “Cotoval” Tempranillo
Bodegas Casto Pequeño “Gravedad” Tinta de Toro Tempranillo

Let us know if you are interested in purchasing these wines at the wholesale level. They are terrific quality for the price!

Jens Strecker, Owner
J. Strecker Selections