“Utiel-Requena, the Land of Bobal”
If we had to describe our Protected Designation of Origin, we would do it with a glass of our Bobal wine. The topography, the vegetation, the winds, the color of the soil, the changes from plot to plot, village to village, all show the rich diversity of our singular terroir.
Although the modern D.O.P Utiel-Requena is one of Spain’s oldest, having been formed in 1932 (defined by nine towns and villages: Caudete de las Fuentes, Camporrobles, Fuenterrobles, Requena, Siete Aguas, Sinarcas, Utiel, Venta del Moro, and Villargordo del Cabriel), the winemaking history of the D.O.P Utiel-Requena dates back more than 2,500 years, as shown by the important historic Iberian sites "Solana de las Pilillas" found in the region and documented as the oldest wine producing centre in Spain.
*The "Solana de las Pilillas" are primitive lagars built on large limestone blocks that fell from the mountainsand and used for winemaking. The facility (among other in the area) was providing with wine to the emblematic Iberian city of Kelin, known for its agricultural and trade activity.
In this small, almost circular plateau of about 1,800 square km, located 70 km inland in the Valencian province, you will find around 34,000 hectares of vines cultivated in calcareous clay-like soils at an altitude of between 600 and 900 meters above the sea.
The D.O.P Utiel-Requena is a region of red wines, where our star grape Bobal represents over 70 per cent of production. It is the second most cultivated Spanish red variety in Spain, after the Tempranillo.
The terroir is characterized by a unique combination of Mediterranean and Continental climate. The Mediterranean breezes refresh and humidify the nights, while warm winds blow in from the interior plateau of La Mancha to dry the vines.
The vegetation in this region is strongly marked by the influence of the Mediterranean, and our vines grow alongside almond, walnut, olive, pine and oak trees. The abundance of aromatic plants such as fennel, rosemary and thyme also influences our wines.
Thanks to these unique conditions of our terroir, we benefit from a natural organic viticulture, not having to use pesticides and herbicides.
Mediterranean climate with Continental influences
2800 hours of sunlight per year
Clay and Limestone soil
SUMMER / WINTER
Dry and warm summer with temperatures up to 40°C. Long and cold winter with night frost. Temperatures plummet to -10°C.
Plenty of slopes herbs such as thyme, rosemary, burlap or fennel, which give our wines aromas.
Vines live with oak, Mediterranean pines, olive and almond trees.