Castro Ventosa was founded by the Perez family in 1752 and has never changed hands. Their wines are lovely examples of Mencía at its best, the result of careful and dedicated work in the vineyard and a hands-off approach in the cellar, a superb introduction to this under the radar variety. They have recently added two whites made from Godello to their range. The wines always had a very traditional profile, but they have adapted to the new categories from the Bierzo appellation. They are focusing on their vineyards and using larger barrels, and have moved toward more freshness in the wines. Rising star César Márquez now runs the cellar, and manages the project day to day, with input from his uncle Raul Perez.