Welcome to Casa Carmen
An unpretentious place to drink well, eat well, and enjoy good company.
A boutique family winery producing small lot craft wines and vermouth.
Serving wine and tapas, our tasting room is created in the spirit of the traditional wine bodegas of Spain and South America—an unpretentious place to drink well, eat well, and enjoy good company.
Together, these wizards of bonhomie have conjured up all sorts of new opportunities for the good people of Chestertown to gather together over a bottle of wine and a plate of paella—working their community magic and paving the future for their young business along the way.
Casa Carmen has developed an exceptional collection of wines. Not only for our region, but when we compare them against our national and international selections. They are well balanced, flavorful, and easily enjoyed with and without food.
Brothers Enrique and Felipe Pallares are combining the competitive drive that led them to become professional polo players with the entrepreneurial spirit passed down by their pioneering predecessors in an effort to create world-class wine.
Our 2020 Viognier is Here
Viognier fills the air to the brim with white spring flowers and sweet sap. It is nature's panche—flamboyant, fragrant, and incurably baroque.
In Search of El Duende
Letters from the vineyard.
Winter 2022 Letter
This compilation of letters have come to be my favorite corner of our website, which we have titled “In Search of el Duende.” The title is, of course, a nod to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, who worked, perhaps more than anyone, to communicate the meaning of duende, a term that has...
Fall 2021 Letter
The table is one of the most familiar and intimate objects of our life. But familiarity often hides meaning, as we don’t really ask questions about familiar things in the way that we ask questions about strange ones. We are used to them and therefore we don’t wonder what they...
Summer 2021 Letter
“Vamos de vermuteo,” (let’s go vermouthing) is one of the sweetest things one can hear another say after a long day of work, or on warm Saturday night or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The good people of Southern Europe, but especially Madrid and Barcelona, have turned this sun-soaked activity into...