The Castilla-La Mancha
autonomous region is located in the centre of Spain, with Madrid to its north and Andalusia to its south. The Castilla la Mancha regional designation, already recognized in 1932, was awarded Denominación de Origen status in 1973. With nearly 450,000 hectares of vineyards, it alone produces half of all Spanish wine, although it only includes eight local DOs.
Located on the Meseta Central (Central Plateau) of the Iberian Peninsula, the Castilla la Mancha DO includes 182 areas spanning the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo. It therefore does not cover the entire administrative region. The vines enjoy an extreme continental climate with big variations in temperatures and variable rainfall, providing optimal conditions for wine growing. The combination of these features results in great wines, particularly thanks to the work of wineries such as Bodega Ercavio.
The white wine of the Castilla la Mancha DO come from the Airén, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties. The red and rosé wines use the Tempranillo, Garnacha, Moravia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Included within the prolific Castilla la Mancha production, you will find young wines (jóvenes) and traditional wines (tradicionales) available in the three colours, red wines of higher quality known as Crianza wines (barrel-aged), Reserva (aged at least 12 months in oak and 24 months in bottle) and Gran Reserva (aged at least 24 months in oak and 36 months in bottle). The DO also produces sparkling wines.
More informations on the website of the wines of Castilla la Mancha