Villamalea (Castile-La Mancha)

Villamalea (Castile-La Mancha)

Max. Summer temp. : 36 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: 3 ºC
Average rainfall: 300  mm annually

Manchuela DO

Although Manchuela’s full DO status was confirmed only in July 2000 and its regulation in June 2004, it had been defined and regulated as a DOP since 1982, when it split off from DO La Mancha.

This is good red-wine country, with influences from the surrounding DOs – there are some doble pasta (musts fermented over two batches of lees to give big red wines) and La Mancha style whites - and it shows promise for the coming years, especially given the new spirit of experiment in certain bodegas. Already the shift from providing bulk wines for blending elsewhere to bottled wines recognized with their own identity is having certain repercussions.

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Manchuela
Avenida de San Agustín, 9
02270 Villamalea
Tel.: +34 967 09 06 94/95

Area under vine
6,079 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
600 - 1,100 m.
Soil types
Clay over limestone.
Principal grapes (w)
Albillo, Chardonnay, Macabeo, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo and Viognier.
Principal grapes (r)
Bobal, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec.
Maximum crop
11,430 kg/ha
70 %
Production 2013
31,841 hl
Production 2014
29,391 hl
Production 2015
29,077 hl