Our terroir

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.

The winemaking history of the D.O.P Utiel-Requena dates back more than 2,500 years, as shown by the important prehistoric Iberian sites found in the region.

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“Utiel-Requena, the Land of Bobal”

Old Bobal Vines - Viña Memorias

In this small, almost circular plateau of about 1,800 square km, situated 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.

 

The D.O.P Utiel-Requena is a region of red wines, where our star grape, the Bobal represents over 80 per cent of production. It is the second most  cultivated spanish red variety in Spain, after the Tempranillo.

D.O.P Utiel-Requena, Viña Memorias
D.O.P Utiel-Requena - Viña Memorias

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 not having to use pesticides and herbicides.

D.O.P UTIEL-REQUENA

Mediterranean climate with Continental influences

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SUNLIGHT 
 
 2800 hours of sunlight per year
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SOIL 
 
Clay and Limestone soil
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SUMMER / WINTER
 
 Dry and warm summer with temperatures up to 40°C. Long and cold winter with night frost. Temperatures plummet to -10°C.
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FLORA
 

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.

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ALTITUDE

 It lies on a plateau that sits 600-900m above sea level
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LOCATION 
 
 70 Km inland from the Mediterranean Sea
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RAINFALL
 
 A low rainfall, with an average of 450mm per year
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SUNLIGHT 
 
 Thermal oscilations favor a slow and gradual maturation of the fruit, giving it good sugar content and higher concentration of tannins, polyphenols and color of wine.