La Mancha is a Certified Origin, in Spanish ”Denominación de Origen”, (D.O.), of wines from a large wine area that occupies a great area of the provinces of Toledo, Albacete, Cuenca and Ciudad Real, in the Spanish autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.
Rivers of La Mancha
Watered by the rivers Guadiana, Tajo and Júcar, it is the largest vineyard in the world with some, 500,000 hectares of vineyards, of which around 170,000 are under the D.O. La Mancha, which also makes it the appellation of origin with the most inscribed vineyards in Spain, which is why it is known as “The Europe Wine cellar”. In total it includes 182 municipalities and more than 250 wineries.
An ideal area where quality prevails, because the yield per hectare is not very high. Grown to seven hundred meters of altitude, in limestone soils, and with a continental climate of warm summers and cold winters, the three thousand hours of sunshine per year to its great variety of grapes. Its white varieties are Airén, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Moscatel de grano menudo, Pedro Ximénez, Parellada, Torrontés, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Viognier. The inks, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Moravia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Graciano, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
Reds: wines from 11.5º to 13º graduation. There are different types: Young wines, traditional production in this area, Roble(oak) (at least 60 days aging in oak barrels), Crianza aging (6 months at least aging in oak barrels), Reserve (12 months at least aging in oak barrels) and Large Reserve (18 months at least aging in oak barrels)
Rosé: wines from 10,5º to 13º of graduation.
Whites: wines from 10,5º to 13º of graduation.
Sparkling: dry, semi-dry, sweet, extra-dry and extra-brut, fruity aroma.
Naturally Sweets: natural alcoholic strength greater than 15% vol. and the acquired alcoholic strength by volume not less than 13% vol.