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Located in the east portion of the Castile-La Mancha province of Albacete is the Designation of Origen Almansa, on a high plateau positioned between the provinces of Valencia, Alicante and Murcia. This curious territorial location makes the climate in the area take on eastern and La Mancha features, and incorporates them into the ageing of grapes. Therefore, we can conclude that this is a semi-arid- Mediterranean-continental climate characterised by having hot summers, with temperatures reaching up to 40ºC, and long, cold winters with severe frosts and temperatures down to -10ºC during the coldest periods. Rains are scarce in the area, favouring the semi-arid nature of the land. Northwest winds dominate, with moderate intensity. The predominant period of wind gusts is in autumn, winter and spring (until April-May), reaching the strongest gusts of up to 100 km / h in autumn. During the summer, the easterly winds take centre stage, which tend to be drier and contribute to increased evaporation and decreased humidity produced during this time of year. The soils are calcareous and poor in organic matter, with a sandy texture and little depth. These soil characteristics make D.O. Almansa wines full-bodied, vintage, of high alcohol level and dry. With climate change accelerating, the wine industry needs to adapt and find solutions to future problems. Being a form of traditional cultivation, adapted to Mediterranean conditions, high temperatures and drought, in the case of D.O. Almansa, the risks that producers and farmers are mostly concerned about are hailstorms and late frosts, and to a lesser extent because of their experience with them, drought and heat waves. Therefore, it becomes a challenge to be able to take further action to mitigate or offset these climate changes that are already underway, and are not likely to stop occurring. Likewise, in the next hundred years significant changes are expected to happen in the wine geography of our country. Because of their conditions, the coastal and northwest regions have a greater capacity to adapt to change than others, as the area in which the D.O. Almansa lies. With all this, the Designation of Origin Almansa’s challenges broaden to achieve crops to adapt to future changes considering those environmental features already presented, and which make the wines of the region so unique.    ...

As 50 years mark the creation of the Designation of Origin of Almansa, we look back at what happened before the year 1966 and that led us to become what we are today, as well as the process of adjustment we underwent when becoming a DO. The convulsion that occurred in Spain’s history during the 19th century resulted in the need to adapt to new systems being implemented by the country's industries. Furthermore, being a century full of changes and new technologies -which brought with them large industrial changes-, markets developed exponentially. In the wine sector, the liberal reforms that transpired throughout the century, resulted in an increase in grape growing, wine production and sales. Moreover, the confiscations of lands produced an increase in crop land for vineyards. The development of communications must be added to all this, especially the rail network, which occurred in the Peninsula in the 19th century allowing to reach new areas of economic development. The Almansa area became a railway enclave to have connection with the three exporting wine centres of the east: Alicante, Tarragona and Valencia. An increase in demand and higher prices led to the development of new vineyards, proliferation of wineries and an increase in demand for labour in Almansa. The wine business expansion increased exponentially. The wine sector became very attractive to investors, and thus achieving: the development of other activities related to the sector, as well as the modernisation of the process. However, it wasn’t until the 60s when the expansion was consolidated. Between this decade and the 70s, the number of farms increased and, in 1966, what we know today as D.O. Almansa was created, which implemented new guidelines of production and cultivation, helping, from the union, to show the world wines from Almansa....

Among all the grape varieties that are cultivated in the terrains that comprise the Designation of Origen of Almansa, there is one that stands out for its curious characteristics: the Garnacha tintorera. It is well known by wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs that the characteristic red colour of many types of wine comes from the colour of the skin, and that however dark it is on the outside, grapes generally have a light colour pulp not much different than Muscat type grapes. In the Garnacha Tintorera’s case, it’s different, the colour of its pulp is a dark tone, just like its skin. This interesting feature makes the wines resulting from the use of this type of grape have a very attractive colour intensity. Its dark colour, a strong cherry red, perfectly coordinates with the intensity of its flavour, with hints of olive and black pepper, dark chocolate and a delicious red and ripe black fruits finish. Garnacha Tintorera wines have a wide scope of pairing possibilities, with all types of red meats, either grilled, fried or roasted. Sausages and semi-hard cheeses also make a perfect tandem with this type of wine, which can also be enjoyed by itself. Tintorera Garnacha is a grape that is widely distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula, having a greater presence in the provinces of Albacete and Ourense, and lesser, but still important, in areas of Alicante, Huesca, Pontevedra and Valencia. It is a very fertile variety, which generally produces large crops. They have a late ripening, with climate needs of hours of sunlight. Its location in the territory of the D.O. Almansa, makes for a potent harvest in the summer months and favours their development due to the large number of sunlight hours the area has. Ultimately, the Garnacha Tintorera is a grape with very distinctive characteristics, which wine enthusiasts find interesting due to its freshness and wine varieties. ...

The town of Almansa celebrated between 30 April and 6 May, the Fiestas Mayores (Main Festivals) in honour of its Patron Saint, the Virgin de Belén. These celebrations, which were declared in 1999 of Regional Tourist Interest, and of National Tourist Interest in 2008, are made up of a great number of acts, which give their nature to one of the most intense and special municipal festivals in Spain. Among them, the Homenaje al Almaseño Ausente, celebrated on 30 April in the gardens of the Town Hall. In this act, presided by the city’s Municipal and Festival Authorities, a reception tribute was held for the people of Almansa who are away from home and visit during the celebration days. For the event this year, DO Almansa offered a "tribute wine" to all the attendees who gathered there. It is an act full of emotion, encounters, stories and great wine. For DO Almansa, it was an honour to form part, not only of a unique and emotional event, but also their contribution with their wines to make the Main Festivals of Almansa even greater if possible. During the intense week of the Main Festivals, the people of Almansa demonstrate their commitment to this incomparable tradition, through activities and acts. From the “General ringing of the bells” that along with the lighting of the first tracas (fireworks) by the Festival Queens, give way to the acts, to the Señora de Belén Main Procession, closing ceremony celebration. Both residents and visitors, enjoy the good work of Almansa’s people. But undoubtedly, the peak moment was between 1 and 3 May, with the Moors and Christians parade and, above all, the Nocturnal Moorish Parade that was lived with great interest and whose celebration was key in the festivities being declared of National Tourist Interest. With the Santa Maria Square and the Castle as an amazing background frame, this representation of the city’s Reconquest transforms Almansa into a magical place, thanks to the use of special effects, fireworks, light and sound....

La Denominación de Origen Almansa se viste de gala para presentar nuestros vinos en un lugar tan glamoroso como la embajada Española de Londres, Reino Unido.   El evento tuvo lugar el jueves 27 de noviembre, donde el presidente de la Denominación de Origen Almansa, Pascual Martínez y el alcalde de Almansa, Francisco Núñez han presidido las reuniones de presentación de los vinos de la Denominación de Origen Almansa a importadores y organizadores de eventos. Cada una de las 12 bodegas almanseñas han estado representadas en la cata de vinos seleccionados para representar esta zona vitivinícola de España, con una alta tasa de exportación a mercados exteriores.   Esta misión comercial ha sido apoyada por el Ayuntamiento de Almansa, la Cámara de Comercio española en Gran Bretaña, y la Cámara de Comercio de Castilla. Hemos conseguido un reto histórico al ser seleccionados como Denominación de Origen oficial para servir los vinos en la cena de Gala, un acto protocolario presidido por el embajador de España en Gran Bretaña, Federico Trillo, y contando con el presidente de Telefónica, César Alierta, y el presidente de la Cámara de Comercio en Gran Bretaña, Javier Hidalgo, como invitados de honor. En el evento asistieron más de 200 invitados de las principales compañías y bodegas españolas que operan en Gran Bretaña. Pudieron degustar las distintas variedades de vinos tintos y blancos de la Denominación de Origen Almansa con el objetivo de poder elegirlos posteriormente para los distintos eventos que organizan sus empresas. Estamos muy satisfechos con la oportunidad de posicionarnos en el mercado británico con nuestros vinos almanseños. El evento del pasado jueves marca un inicio importante para las futuras relaciones comerciales y las exportaciones de nuestros vinos almanseños en el territorio de Gran Bretaña.      ...

The Wine Route of Almansa has been created to present our wines and wineries from the Denomination of Origin Almansa, as a project in collaboration with the Tourist Office of Almansa, During the guided tours you can learn about the winemaking process, get to know each winery and their business philosophy and taste some of their great wines. The visits are organized through the Denomination of Origin Almansa. Please contact us for appointments for small or larger groups. Telephone: +34 967 340 258 info@vinosdealmansa.com...

"FENAVIN is the most important trade fair for Spanish wine." This is how the daily journal ELPAIS defines it in its business supplement, and ICEX sustains the same in a value report on FENAVIN 2013. This is also the image perceived by the Spanish wineries and cooperatives that have opted for FENAVIN  2013 as an instrument for promoting the business of national and international wine industry since its inception. This proposal, based primarily on a professional attention to the buyers market , has managed, in only six editions, to make FENAVIN become the most important trade fair for Spanish wine, and the only trade fair that offers a proven business ability. Wineries from around the country participate exhibiting their wines, and we will be there representing the wineries at our booth from the 7th to the 9th of may 2013. www.fenavin.com VISIT us at FENAVIN 2013!...