DO Almansa

A launch and a tasting of wines from the Almansa Denominación de Origen The Almansa Denominación de Origen presented its latest wines in Seville on 4 December. The way that D.O. Almansa wines have come on in recent years was displayed at a public event aimed at Seville’s wine and restaurant professionals. Those in attendance had the chance to get to know the philosophy behind the wines and their main competitive advantages. fhfjfj https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4PcQM04mNk   The event took place in the Casa Regional (Regional Centre) of Castilla La Mancha in Seville, which celebrates the gastronomic and cultural treasures of its home region. The members of the Casa were invited to attend at a second showing, so that they could enjoy an evening of quality, tradition and the taste of home. After the premiere of the new film showing how the Almansa Denominación de Origen is a wine region on the up, a series of wines that represent the region and its grape varieties was served. These, ranging from young red wines, oak-aged crianzas and older reservas to fresh white wines from this year’s harvest, along with the explanations of how the different styles are made and how each needs its own special handling, were the hit of the evening.   The Almansa Denominación de Origen Consisting of just 12 wineries, the Almansa Denominación de Origen is one of the most recent wine regions in Spain to appear on the map. It is in the province of Castilla La Mancha, sitting at an altitude of 700 m and enjoying a continental climate. The quality of the wines is shown by their success on the international market. Over 70% of the wine is exported, selling in over 80 countries. D.O. Almansa, for those looking to explore wines from further afield The wines of D.O. Almansa, still relatively unknown, are a treasure trove for wine lovers and those willing to explore further afield in the search for something out of the ordinary. The star of the show is the signature local grape variety Garnacha Tintorera, a grape that stands out for both its flavours and intense, concentrated ruby red colour. It is perfect for making well-balanced wines with good fruit concentration. D.O. Almansa wines are excellent value for money, and are well-suited to all sorts of establishments and consumers, particularly those who like quality wines that offer good body, heady aromas and also taste great....

The Almansa Denominación de Origen was established in 1966 and stretches eastwards in Albacete province, encompassing 8 boroughs, with 7,600 hectares (some 19,000 acres) under vine. It currently consists of 750 winegrowers and twelve wineries that, over the course of 2015, produced 62,553 hectolitres (1,652,475 US gallons) of wine, of which around 80% was sold in the international market. Long-established family wineries work in tandem with the more recently formed cooperatives to continue the development of the wines and the reputation for quality of the Almansa DO. The locality of Almansa itself is home to Bodegas Piqueras and the various grape varieties that go into the making of its Castillo de Almansa and Valcanto wines; Bodegas Virgen de Belén has the Mirador and Señorío de Almansa and Cañada de Belén lines; Hacienda ‘El Espino’ produces the 1707 range; Bodegas Atalaya makes the Laya, Alaya Tierra and La Atalaya del Camino wines; Bodegas Almanseñas produces the oak-aged Adaras Reserva, the younger style Calizo and the intermediate crianzas La Huella and Parcela; and Bodegas Matamangos’ wines are Matamangos Mod and Calx. Nearby Higueruela is where Bodegas Cano grows the different grape varieties that make up its Cañada del Soto and 1860 wines, and the Santa Quiteria de Higueruela Cooperative produces its Altitud and Tintoralba wines. Bodegas El Tanino, with its 1752 range, is to be found in Hoya-Gonzalo. The Santa Cruz Cooperative is in Alpera, where it produces its Santa Cruz de Alpera, Albarroble and Rupestre Alpera wines. Finally, Bonete is home to Bodega Dehesa El Carrascal and the grapes that go into the making of their Tudon’s and Dulcemar wines. These wineries are notable for the way they work together, supporting each other, and year on year they harvest new national and international awards for the excellence of their wines and the quality of their grapes. At present the emphasis is on three grape varieties: Garnacha Tintorera, which provides excellent structure, accounts for 60% of the area under vine; Monastrell, a native variety, makes up 13% of production; and Syrah, which has adapted particularly well to this area, produces excellent spicy wines....

Wine lovers and wine experts have long been aware that the Almansa region is ideally suited to the production of fine wines. In 2015, DO Almansa hit the landmark production figure of 3 million bottles per year. And only 30% of that is sold domestically within Spain. We have over thirty years’ experience exporting our wine, as exporting was adopted as the core strategy of DO Almansa in the 1960s, when it emerged as one of the first Spanish DOs to focus on the international export market. Export volumes for last year reached 30,532 hl, over 70% of total production, representing sales revenue of 7,482,403 €. Germany and Finland are the main European markets. Beyond the EU, the leading markets are Canada, the USA and Asia, the latter especially having grown significantly in recent years. Our wines have succeeded in establishing themselves as market leaders among Spanish wines in over 40 export markets, with Canada and Finland as the principal destination countries. In Finland we are firmly established as a leading wine region, despite stiff competition in this country of enthusiastic wine-drinkers. In Canada, which is a highly important market, with a very modern and sophisticated wine trade, our wines are well-established both in terms of prestige and sales, having won over the most demanding palates. Here at the DO we realize that we are blessed with the finest raw materials so long as these are tended with the care that they deserve. Wine-growing in Almansa is notable for the age of the locality’s vines, for the intense concentration of fruit and the quality of the grapes, for the altitude of its vineyards and for the particular local climate (with its exceptionally low levels of rainfall), which together give rise to very full-bodied wines, with good tannin levels and exquisite aromas. The wines of the Almansa DO are unique, highly expressive fine wines that are very competitive in the market place, due both to the special qualities of our indigenous grape varieties (Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell) and also to the wines’ overall image, quality and price....

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....

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...