Vineyards in Castile-La Mancha. Piedad Sancho-Mata/©ICEX.
The region of Castile-La Mancha covers much of the southern half of Spain. It comprises the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo. The capital city is Toledo
This region is home to the world’s largest vine-growing area, with some of Spain's most traditional Designations of Origin such as La Mancha or Valdepeñas. The early years of the 21st century have given rise to new Designations of Origin for wine - Uclés, Manchuela, Ribera del Júcar, Almansa, Méntrida, and Mondéjar, as well as vineyard terrain Designations of Origin such as Dominio de Valdepusa, Finca Élez, Pago Guijoso, Dehesa del Carrizal, Campo de la Guardia, Pago Casa del Blanco, Pago Florentino and Pago Calzadilla.
White grape Airén is the most commonly grown white grape in the world, and Castile-La Mancha can be considered as its homeland. Other white grapes grown in Castile-La Mancha are Torrontés, Merseguera, Malvar, Viognier and Macabeo, among others. Regarding red grapes, red wines from this Spanish region are made with Cencíbel (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Garnacha, Monastrell, Petit Verdot, Bobal, Syrah,...