Alicante (Valencian Community)

Alicante (Valencian Community)

Max. Summer temp. : 42 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: -9 ºC
Average rainfall: 250 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,800 hours annually

Alicante DO

In the last ten years, Alicante DO has been winning respect for its new light, fresh wines and interesting varietal reds produced by pioneering bodegas.

The winelands divide between two contrasting areas. The largest one is the arid valley of the Rio Vinalopó, which stretches behind Alicante city (also called Alacant in Valencian dialect). Here the Monastrell grape shares the vineyards with new varieties. The second smaller one, incorporated into the DO in 1987, is La Marina, on the northern coast, where Moscatel grapes flourish in the warm, humid climate.

Alongside the new red wines emerging here, Alicante’s classic dessert wine, Fondillon, has been exported for centuries and is enjoying a renaissance. This traditional wine is made from grapes allowed to over ripen on the vine; it has a high alcohol content and turns from red to amber with ageing.

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Alicante
Monjas, 6
03002 Alicante
Tel.: +34 965 984 478

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Alicante PDO

Area under vine
9,166 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
0-600 m.
Soil types
Limestone (Vinalopó area) and clay (Marina Alta).
Principal grapes (w)
Moscatel de Alejandría, Merseguera and Malvasía.
Principal grapes (r)
Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera and Bobal.
Maximum crop
9,375 kg/ha (red).
70 %
Production 2013
146,656 hl
Production 2014
109,629 hl
Production 2015
151,768 hl