The Castelló PGI covers wines produced in the three wine-producing regions of Castelló: Alto-Palancia Mijares, San Mateu and Useres-Vilafamès. In 2022, the Castelló PGI had 235 registered hectares, 15 wineries (all of them bottlers) and 109 winegrowers. At the end of the 2021-2022 campaign, 5,681 hectolitres of wine with PGI Castelló were qualified. The wineries affiliated to the PGI Castelló produce around 600,000 litres of wine and sell more than 500,000 bottles a year. 50 references or brands of wines produced in Castellón travel around our province, part of the national territory, even reaching Germany, the United States, England and China.
Although the first traces date back to the 7th-5th centuries BC, it was not until Roman times that vines began to be cultivated in the province of Castellón. During the 16th to 20th centuries, wines such as Murviedro in the Palancia-Mijares area and Carlon in Maestrat experienced a long period of productive splendour and a strong international trade. At the beginning of the 20th century, two events practically put an end to production: phylloxera and the 1971 Law of the Statute of the Vine, Wine and Alcohols, which prohibited the planting and sale of these vines and the consumption of wines produced by hybrid varieties. It was not until the year 2000 that viticulture recovered as an agricultural option for the region's development.
The Mediterranean climate with continental influences gives cool nights in summer, giving character and structure to the wines, without losing that fruity and fresh touch. The natural environment and the terroir, as well as the grape varieties grown, confer differential characteristics. All our vineyards are directly farmed in order to control the quality of the raw materials used. The grapes are always harvested by hand, in small boxes and with cold maceration.
The Castelló PGI wine project does not seek a new crop, but delves into the roots to extract from the earth the dreams of our ancestors. The landscape of our territory combines cork oak groves, olive trees and Mediterranean scrubland to offer a choral project, where farmers promote a '360º Mediterranean agriculture'.
The vineyards are open to visitors and friends who want to learn about our winemaking process. Many of our wineries offer wine tourism proposals that include guided tours of the wineries and vineyards, including the area of the centenary olive trees, guided tastings of wines and extra virgin olive oil and pairings with local products.