• Bodega Chozas Carrascal

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  • The "old" half of the bodega

    A symmetric swimming pool adds a modern touch to the restored bodega originally built in 1870

  • Event Room

    The "new" side of Chozas Carrascal includes a glass and metal event room

  • Century old barrel room

    This underground barrel room was found during renovations when the floor collapsed!

  • Hallway

    A modern chandelier lights the way from new to old portions of the building

  • Barrel Room

    Even the storage room at Chozas gets a designer touch

Chozas Carrascal

Just outside the town of Requena, sits this uber chic bodega, owned and operated by Julían Lopez and family.  With a strong commitment to sustainable grape growing and heavy investment in the most modern technologies available, Chozas Carrascal produces wines from both native grapes like Bobal and Monastrell, as well as international varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  Stylistically, the wines are elegant and refined, having more in common with say the Southern Rhone, than with the typical styles of Utiel-Requena.  This isn’t too surprising since Julían and his wife María José Pierdo started the project in 1990 after years of a shared passion for visiting wineries in France, as well as Spain.

Julían Lopez, Chozas Carrascal

Julían Lopez of Bodega Chozas Carrascal

At 700m above sea level, Chozas Carrascal’s climate is considered mediterranean but with a continental influence.  Plenty of chalky soil and a high diurnal range (difference between daytime and night temperatures) provide the perfect environment for producing wines with complexity and personality.  The best of the portfolio are sold with “Pago” status, which generally signifies a single estate wine, in which all the grapes are grown on the property.  At Chozas Carrascal however, Pago wines are also produced with the grapes from the oldest vines, on the best slopes, with the best orientation.   The flagship, Las Ocho, is a red blend of (you guessed it) eight grapes including Bobal, Monastrell and Garnacha.  75% is aged in French oak for 14 months, and blended before bottling with the remainder which is stored in tanks.  On the nose it’s intense with ripe red and black fruits, balsamic, toast and vanilla.  On the palate it’s fleshy and round, with ripe fruits accompanied by notes of chocolate and coffee.  One of our favorites, was the unexpected single variety Cabernet Franc, a rarity in this region and cleverly labeled, Cabernet Familiar.  Aged in french oak for 5 to 7 months, it displays concentrated aromas of blackberries on the nose, and is silky smooth on the palate, with flavors of fresh blackberry, raspberry, balsamic and a touch of chocolate.

A visit to Chozas Carrascal is a must for anyone touring the Requena region.  The property, designed by an architect, strikes a stylish balance between past and future.  The original building, built in 1870, has been beautifully restored, complete with the original stone wine cellar and concrete open plumbing system which at one time carried free flowing wine directly from fermentation tanks to consumers, ready to haul it away it in makeshift containers.  But just as the place relishes its rich history, it flaunts its 21st century mindset.   The new ‘half’ of the building is a sleek mix of rusted metal, stone and glass.  Inside, the tasting room and other pubic areas are magazine ready, with concrete floors and walls, natural wood accents, and eclectic artwork.  The gift shop even offers a red wine skin care line.  How new age is that?

Los Ochos

Bodega Chozas Carrascal, Los Ocho

Chozas Carrascal wines can be found in Valencia at Navarro BodeguerosDe Vinos DiVinosBodega Santander, Le Blosen, Hermanos Picazo, and Original Comunitat Valenciana among others.

Las Ochos – 18,000 to 25,000 bottles per year

Cabernet Familiar – 3,000 to 4,000 bottles per year

Finca Chozas Carrascal, 46390 San Antonio, Valencia

963 41 03 95