César Márquez Parajes Bierzo 2020

Traditional Price €32
WineSpark Price €18.33
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This wine is now sold out, and the new vintage will be back in the new year. In the meantime, try El Hato y el Garabato Sin Blanca 2018!

César describes this as ‘Bierzo in a bottle’ - it’s a regional blend of 45 vineyard sites across 9 villages.

Despite it being his entry level wine, he tells me it’s his most important one. This is the one wine that most people will ever try from him, so he needs to over-deliver.

It’s also his best value wine - lots of the grapes here, from 80-120 year-old vineyards, are declassified from some of the top sites in Bierzo, which produce bottles that sell for several times the price.

The main grape here is Mencía - but as with most vineyards in Bierzo, it’s a field blend of roughly 85% Mencía, 10% Alicante Bouschet, and 5% other grapes. 

Bierzo is one of those special places that draws you in - if you like reds in the style of Pinot Noir, Gamay or northern Rhone Syrah, then give this a try and you won't look back.

Due to extremely limited supply, there's a limit of 2 bottles per customer on this wine.

Wine type Red
Grape(s) Mencia
Country Spain
Region of origin Bierzo
Vintage 2020
Alcohol % 13.5%
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 11
Type of Oak French
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 50-100 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 550
Soil type(s) Clay and sand
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential  10 years
Ideal drinking window 2022 - 2032

César comes from one of the most famous and revered winemaking families in Spain. His uncle is Raúl Pérez, and his family winery is Castro Ventosa, Bierzo’s leading winery, founded 9 generations ago.

Read more about César.

When I went to visit César, I met his granny who lives right beside the winery. She insisted I brought away a bag of tins of her homemade chorizo and roasted red peppers. Not only were they heavenly when I tasted them back home, but they were even better when I cracked a bottle of Parajes to have with them.

We know how important it is to get your wine order quickly and efficiently. So we’ve partnered with UPS to offer next-day delivery on our wines.


Here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s free - delivery is already included in the members price
  • It’s fast - you’ll get next-day delivery if you order before 12pm Monday-Thursday
  • It’s environmentally-friendly - all our orders are shipped carbon neutral with UPS.
    **Due to temporary staffing constraints in our supply chain, orders placed between 12pm Tuesday and 12pm Thursday will be delivered on Friday.

We ship to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland only. €2 per case is added to all Northern Ireland orders to cover additional shipping costs. The point of sale occurs in the Republic of Ireland.

Our minimum order requirement is 6 bottles and we ship in multiples of 6’s. This can be 6 different bottles!

A large order surcharge of €10 per case is added to orders of 3 cases and over.

You may need to show your ID on delivery.

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