Raul Perez

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Rias Baixas, Bierzo, Leon, Ribeira Sacra
People: Raul Perez, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Raul Perez 2013 'Ultreia La Claudina' Godello, Bierzo DO Login WA 94 DEC 93
Raul Perez 2013 'Vico' Mencia, Bierzo DO Login AG 91 WA 93 In Stock
Raul Perez 2014 'Vico' Mencia, Bierzo DO Login In Stock

Raúl Pérez is one of Spain’s finest winemakers, and some wine trade veterans believe Raúl is among a handful of the best winemakers in the world. He is intensely driven to be the conduit of amazing wines. He believes that wine is made in the vineyard, and has an uncanny knack for knowing what his vineyards need to achieve their greatest potential. As Raúl Pérez’s great talent has become known, many winemakers in his village, throughout Spain and the world now seek to collaborate with Raúl. Everyone seems to want to know what Raul thinks, and if it means better wine, he is not afraid to say.

Born into the family who owns Bodegas Castro Ventosa, which is the largest owner of Mencía plantings in Bierzo (75 hectares), Raúl grew up at the winery developing his talent, passion and ideals. He left the winery in 2003 to start his own estate. The goal behind Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez is to showcase the forgotten indigenous grapes of a region. The wines are extremely limited, handcrafted, artisanal wines from varieties such as Albariño, Mencía, Bastardo, Prieto Picudo and Godello from the Northwestern DOs of Spain.

Rated Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits Winter 2011
Rated Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits Winter 2010

Media Links
Wine Geographic: The Curious Case of Raúl Pérez
Wine Spectator: Passion for Spain
GQ: Viva la Revolucion!
Wine Folly: Is Aging Wine Underwater a Fad?
Foods & Wines from Spain: Raúl Pérez: A Winemaking Artist's Touch
The New York Times: Beguiling Reds from Bierzo


  • Raul Perez 2013 'Ultreia La Claudina' Godello, Bierzo DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (4/1/2016)

    The one white in the Ultreia range is the 2013 Ultreia La Claudina, pure Godello aged in a 2,000-liter foudre for 24 months, and, as it was never refilled, it developed a thin veil of yeast almost from the beginning of the élevage. It resulted in a very exotic and aromatic wine, spicy, a little nutty, very fine and elegant, quite different from the earlier vintages. The color is quite pale and does not show any development or oxidation. The structure is quite light, the effect of the oak is almost imperceptible and the wine has great complexity. I really loved this 2013. This is an unusual vintage for Godello, which was harvested late and with a low alcohol level, which resulted in some austerity; it's lean rather than exuberant. Some 1,000 bottles were produced.
  • Raul Perez 2013 'Vico' Mencia, Bierzo DO
    Rating: 91 (1/1/2016)

    Bright violet color. Smoked meat, cherry pit and redcurrant on the pungent, spice-tinged nose. Chewy and focused on the palate, with bitter cherry and cassis flavors unfolding slowly with aeration. Chewy tannins give shape to the persistent finish, where the smoke and cherry notes repeat strongly.
  • Raul Perez 2013 'Vico' Mencia, Bierzo DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (4/1/2016)

    It is very aromatic and balsamic, with notes of incense and spices. It is a bit tight and has great acidity, even a little citric. There's great tension here.
  • Raul Perez 2013 'Ultreia La Claudina' Godello, Bierzo DO
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2016)

    Godello grown on sand, slowly fermented in 500-liter casks with no lees stirring. It also grows a veil of flor yeast in the spring. Nutty, with a very pure, saline palate - no gentle fruit here. It's an acquired taste, for sure, but altogether an original.