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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....

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. ...

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.      ...