There are approximately 120.000 hectares of Monastrell in the world. 50.000 ha of them are located in Spain and around 400 hectares belong to Bodegas Castaño.
This is a variety wich is perfectly adapted to the climate and soil conditions of Yecla, due to the fact that it is able to bear the extreme temperature from winter to summer and endure the long periods of drought, when its development and yield decrease considerably.
The first historical data related to Monastrell in Spain, and in particular in the area of Levante (the Mediterranean areas), are recorded back in the 15th century. From these regions it would spread to other parts of the world.
In France, this variety is known as Mourvédre, term that has its origin in the Visigoth place-name of Sagunto in Valencia. In California and South of Australia the grape is known as Mataro.
It is in El Altiplano and therefore in Yecla, in the northern area of Murcia province, where Monastrell fully develops its best characteristics of colour, aromas, fruitiness and structure, providing wines of such quality standards that it may be asserted that it is its most appropriate habitat.