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A Commitment to the Land and Wine of Bierzo

In the early 1990s, Nemesio Fernández Bruña, the founder of CASAR DE BURBIA, sought to highlight the land and wines of Bierzo by purchasing vineyards that were being abandoned in the mountains of Valtuille de Arriba.

He gathered a total of 52 plots, amounting to 27 hectares of his own vineyards.

These were old vineyards, with rather poor soils, and although their grapes were of high quality, they yielded low production. However, they were the best vineyards if one wanted to create great wines in Bierzo.

Moreover, during those years, most vineyards in Bierzo were uprooted to replace the Palomino variety with the Mencía variety.

Nemesio opted for a much better alternative. He chose to preserve the old vines and graft Mencía onto them. This way, he could recover the native variety of Bierzo without losing the old vines and the high quality of their fruits.

This is how Nemesio established the foundations on which to create the best wines of Bierzo.

CASAR DE BURBIA had just been born, and shortly thereafter, in 1989, the Bierzo Designation of Origin would be established.


Vineyards in Bierzo have historically been organized into small plots or landscapes.

In them, we find unique characteristics regarding orientation, vegetation surrounding the vineyards, or different types of soil; with slate, sand, clay…

This gave us the possibility of obtaining wines with very different profiles and nuances, wines with which to express each of these terroirs.

And at CASAR DE BURBIA, we were pioneers in betting on the creation of “Vinos de Paraje,” wines made with grapes from vineyards located in a single landscape.

At CASAR DE BURBIA, we have our own vineyards in the landscapes of Valdepiñeiro, Valdaiga, Barreiriñas, and Olarte.

Having our own vineyards is essential for producing wines that fully express the terroir, wines that live up to CASAR DE BURBIA’s standards.

We love our vineyards, we take care of them, we pamper them all year round, respecting the soils and the environment in which they grow.

Only in this way can we thoroughly know each vine, discover what makes each one unique, to ensure that they are expressed in the wines of CASAR DE BURBIA.

The 27 hectares of CASAR DE BURBIA’s own vineyard are organized into vineyards. And being mountain vineyards, all the vineyards have low, medium, and high zones, depending on whether they are located in the lower part of the valley, on the slope, or in the high part.

Our Vineyards and Landscapes

Thus, with the landscapes where the different vineyards of CASAR DE BURBIA grow. The history of each vineyard, its soils, its location…, make some of these vineyards very special

Valdepiñeiro Lanscape

The Valdepiñeiro landscape is located in Valtuille de Arriba.

It is a landscape of clayey and stony soils, with large stones and presence of slates and quartz.

With grapes from the Valdepiñeiro landscape, we produce two of our “Vinos de Paraje”

  • Casar de Burbia Tebaida Nº5, an iconic wine for us.
  • Casar de Burbia Godello Barrica, a white wine aged on its own lees.


These are some of the most characteristic vineyards of CASAR DE BURBIA in the Valdepiñeiro Landscape:

Sapita Vineyard

This vineyard is the origin of everything, as it marked, in a significant way, the direction that this small family winery wanted for its project.

The Sapita Vineyard is a great legacy left to us by José Bouza Potes, who, in 1903, after the phylloxera, had this vineyard replanted with the money he sent from Brazil.

In the 1990s, CASAR DE BURBIA recovered it to dedicate it to the production of high-quality wines.

The Sapita Vineyard is also known as the quiet vineyard. Here, you fall silent at dawn, because
what you see there is awe-inspiring.

The plot has two and a half hectares of old Mencía vines planted in a bush vine system.

Its high zone, which barely covers half a hectare, is vinified separately to shape our CASAR DE BURBIA Tebaida Nº5, a red wine that fantastically expresses the complexity, structure, and elegance of this unique terroir.

Valdepiñeiro Vineyard

It is a vineyard of five and a half hectares located in a small valley that runs from east to west, with the valley floor in the center and crossed by the Valdaiga stream.

It has a west orientation (sunset), and the presence of Godello and Mencía grapes under the
same landscape makes it look like a watercolor painting with yellows in its eastern strip in spring and autumn, and greens and reds in its opposite part, where the Mencía rests.

The Valdepiñeiro Vineyard is a spectacle for those of us who work the vineyard, due to its rich diversity and the richness of the soil, clayey with a composition of aluminum, iron, and quartz stones.

The high parts are cultivated in a bush vine system and harvested by hand. With the Godello grapes we obtain in this high zone, we produce our Vina de Paraje CASAR DE BURBIA Godello Barrica, a white as spectacular as the vineyard from which it comes.

The low zone is cultivated in a trellis system to promote competition in the area with more organic matter.

The entrance to this estate is through a steep hill on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, which makes pilgrims stop to rest and discover one of the picturesque points of the Way as it passes through the region.

Barreiriñas Lanscape

The small Barreiriñas landscape located in Valtuille de Arriba features a highly characteristic clayey soil, allowing us to create a wine with a strong identity.

This is the CASAR DE BURBIA Nemesio Paraje Wine, made with Mencía grapes from this unique landscape.

In this beautiful landscape, we have some of our most prized vineyards:

San Salvador Vineyard

If we had to choose a word to define the San Salvador Vineyard, we would say balance.

Although we know it as the “ugly vineyard,” it stands out for its consistency in delivering quality.

It never surprises us; it’s as if it were destined to provide quality despite the adversities of the year.

It is an old vineyard over 70 years old, with just the right vigor. In 1998, we grafted 10% Palomino onto Mencía.

Like the Sapita Vineyard, San Salvador Vineyard also faces east, towards the sunrise.

Its highest part is crossed throughout the year by countless pilgrims on their route to Santiago de Compostela.

In its 0.4 hectares of high zone, the grapes that will form our CASAR DE BURBIA Nemesio Paraje Wine are born.

Valdaiga Lanscape

Located in Valtuille de Arriba, in the Valdaiga Landscape, we find a soil of quartz and slate that contributes complexity and high minerality to the wine.

This landscape is so special that it is where our most exclusive wine comes from, the CASAR DE BURBIA Castañal Paraje Wine.

It is a wine that we craft artisanally, grain by grain, with Mencía grapes from a small centennial vineyard, Viña El Castañal.

These are the most important vineyards that CASAR DE BURBIA has within this beautiful landscape:

El Castañal Vineyard

It is the beautiful vineyard, 2 hectares of bush-trained Mencía, of which we have no planting records, but which must be around a hundred years old. 

Everything about it is a spectacle. It is an idyllic place, and the work here is very gratifying because the vineyard regulates itself, as long as we know how to read its vegetation and pruning needs.

Its 0.3 hectares of high zone are responsible for our CASAR DE BURBIA Castañal Paraje Wine.

Its lower and southern part also borders the Camino de Santiago and is surrounded by the native flora of the Bierzo region.

Valdaiga Vineyard

The Valdaiga Vineyard has 8 hectares of trellised vineyard containing Mencía in the middle and lower parts and Godello in the upper parts.

The vineyard is nestled between two hills, leaving us with two high areas, around 850 meters above sea level, which are at the cultivation limit of the region but offer great quality and uniqueness.

These high areas are of great value to us; from them, we extract a classic Godello.

The Valdaiga Vineyard is one of the highest vineyards in Valtuille de Arriba, and from its heights, the entire Lower Bierzo, the Roman fort of Castroventosa, the Roman mines of Las Médulas, and the mountains of the Bierzo Tebaida can be viewed.

Olarte Landscape

To the south of the Valdepiñeiro Landscape, we encounter the small Olarte landscape, with very poor sandy soils.

Here, we have a single vineyard, the Olarte Vineyard, also known as “The Tortuous One,” as it requires constant attention to give its best:

Olarte Vineyard

This vineyard, planted in the goblet style, is located south of the Valdepiñeiro Landscape, on a
sunny slope with very poor soils.

Its upper part is at the cultivation limit, which has forced us to regenerate its lower areas on more than one occasion.

It is a vineyard like those of old times, as we have maintained its entire natural ecosystem, surrounded by pine, cherry, and oak trees. It is a very lively vineyard.

In its lower part, we also have the Valdaiga stream, which forms a winding riparian habitat, enriching the microbiology and ecosystem.

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