Pepe Mendoza Tinto 2021 (Organic)


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DO Alicante


70% Monastrell; 25% Giró de Abargues; 5% Alicante Bouschet




93 Points Decanter Magazine; Highly Recommended 2023

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Organic practices, Vegetarian, Vegan

Tasting Notes

Pepe Mendoza Tinto (Organic) from Casa Agricola, is immediately inviting with elegant aromas of rosemary, pine forests, and black cherries. This is followed by an enigmatic, complex palate of brambly fruits, black cherry fruit with notes of pepper, and liquorice. It has a lovely silky texture, freshness, superb balance and excellent length. Pepe Mendoza Tinto (Organic) has caught the eye of several wine critics around the world, because it is so distinctively different. You can read the Reviews below.

He is one of the most respected winemakers in South East Spain and this is a wine from his very personal, small production winery that he has named Casa Agricola, situated in the hills near Villena, about an hour north of Alicante. Pepe’s aim is to make low intervention wines which show the character of area – the pine forests and garrigue – in tune with the climate of Alicante. This is a wine to discover.

About the Producer

José (Pepe) Mendoza was the first Spanish winemaker to work in New Zealand, where he worked Grove Mill in Marlborough Valley. He later worked in Argentina with Altavista and Achaval-Ferrer. In 1990, Pepe returned to Alicante in Spain to run the family vineyards and Bodega (created by his father Enrique), where he made his name as a top producer in this region but he wanted to set up his own, very different and experimental, small-scale production.  That moment came in 2016, when he set up Casa Agricola with his wife Pepa Agulló.  In comparison to a production of 1 million-plus bottle production of international-style wines, Casa Agricola produces 150,00 – 170,000 bottles of wines a year, made from indigenous grapes.

When we met Pepe he was passionate about his vineyards, he explained that indigenous grapes are less stressed because they have adapted to the climate, especially those grown on bush vines and at a low density per hectare. He focuses on 14 hectares spread across two very different vineyards. The Monastrell which makes up most of this blend, together with the Alicante Bouschet comes from Alto Vinalopó up in the hills at 650 metres. The Giró comes from the coastal-influenced Marina Alta vineyards. It is an indigenous early- ripening grape of the area, thought to be a very old clone of Garnacha, with good natural acidity with fresh fruit aromas; wines can be quite light and pale in colour.

His youngest vineyards are 50 years old and some were planted in 1923. When he does need to replant, Pepe keeps the density of planting down to around 1000 plants per hectare; compared with prestige vineyards in Hermitage with 14,000 there is signficantly less stress on the vines. Pepe uses organic and biodynamic principles; no herbicides or insecticides are used and careful pruning and care of the vines produces fresh, concentrated, high-quality grapes.

How the wine is made

Made from mostly the Monastrell grape which is known as Mourvedre in France, where it plays a starring role in Chateauneuf du Pape, here blended with the intriguing Giró variety and a little Alicante Bouschet, it makes the stylish Pepe Mendoza Tinto. All the grapes from 60 – 75 year old vines, are hand-harvested, each harvested separately at its perfect point of maturity and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Natural yeast fermentation occurs, without any additional enzymes. A small percentage of stems (10%) are added and the maceration is very soft, so as not to harden the wines. After blending the wine is aged for 12 months in stainless steel tanks to preserve all the fruit and primary aromas.

This is one of Pepe’s “landscape” and “village” wines and is the entry level from the rather special Casa Agricola.


“Pepe Mendoza’s Casa Agricola Tinto 2021 is a Monastrell-led blend from different plots across the DO. Supple and very pure, with wild red fruits and a lovely touch of sappy grip and plum skin bite bringing a succulent, juicy quality. Typically keen and fresh but warm-hearted – compulsive drinking. Organic.  Drink 2023 – 2028.  93 Points.” David Williams in Decanter Magazine (Highly Recommended)

“Pepe manages to straddle this really fine line where he’s making wines that taste Spanish and Mediterranean with lots of body and colour, that are quite powerful with  ripe fruit but at the same time retain incredible lift and freshness”  Pierre Mansour, The Wine Society 2023

“A beautful place, with a truly historical and Renaissance sense. Lovely wines as well. Viva Casa Agricola.”  Sarah Jane Evans MW 2024


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Food match: Roasts and grilled meats and chicken. Very good with Manchego and Iberian Sausages.


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