Alcázar de San Juan (Castile-La Mancha)

Alcázar de San Juan (Castile-La Mancha)

Max. Summer temp. : 45 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: -15 ºC
Average rainfall: 300-400 mm annually
Average sunshine: 3,000 hours annually

La Mancha DO

Located in the southern Castilian meseta, some 60 km from Madrid, La Mancha is Spain’s largest denomination of origin, occupying 30,700 km², and accounting for half of the land area of the provinces it encompasses.

The vineyards fall in 182 municipalities: 12 in the province of Albacete, 58 in Ciudad Real, 66 in Cuenca and 46 in Toledo, although certain modifications are underway to exclude areas that are not up-to-date on their registration.

The strength of tradition in the area's viticulture reflects a series of intrinsic and natural conditions that favour grape cultivation and wines with well-defined qualities. La Mancha is ideal vineyard country because, although the yield per hectare is not very high, the quality of fruit, the ripening cycle and the health of the vines are extraordinary.

Long gone is the image of La Mancha as an immense plateau of arid lands that produced great quantities of wine with no thought to its quality. Nowadays, they have undoubtedly won their place among the world's more prestigious wines.

La Mancha is also the world's largest wine producing area, with a total of 164,553 hectares of vineyards, a truly remarkable figure that allows the production of a large proportion of all the wine produced in Spain.

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO La Mancha
Av. Criptana, 73 - Apartado 194
13600 Alcázar de San Juan
Ciudad Real
Tel.: +34 926 541 523

Area under vine
164,553 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
700 m.
Soil types
Red-brown sandy clay over limestone and chalk.
Principal grapes (w)
Principal grapes (r)
Cencibel or Tempranillo.
Maximum crop
11,900 kg/ha (vase); 13,000 kg/ha (espaldier)
74 % (red)
Production 2013
1,668,334.89 hl
Production 2014
1,522,245.75 hl
Production 2015
1,405,909.77 hl