The Ribera del Jucar
Designation of Origin Protegida (DOP), located in the Cuenca region, in the centre of Spain, is a young designation created in 2003. The Ribera del Jucar DOP covers over 9,000 hectares of vineyards, located in the districts of Casas de Benitez, Casas de Fernando Alonso, Casas de Guijarro, Casas de Haro, El Picazo, Pozoamargo and Sisante. The Ribera del Jucar DOP
was designed to be an all-embracing project based on maintaining the balance of the viticulture-related ecosystem. It encompasses respect for the environment and the development of the vineyards and the local economy, particularly through the development of eco-tourism.
The Ribera del Jucar wine producing area sits on a vast plain, with a few hills here and there and bisected by the river that gave the designation its name. This unique location and the temperate Mediterranean-type microclimate provide excellent conditions for wine growing. The grape varieties permitted in the Ribera del Jucar DOP are the Cencibel or Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Bobal, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The varieties used for the white wines are the Moscatel de Grano Menudo and Sauvignon Blanc. 50 % of the vines are aged between 35-40 years, which provides a balance between the yield and the quality of the grapes. This young designation is perfectly illustrated by the wines from Bodegas La Magdalena Vega Moragona.
More informations on the website of the wines of Ribera del Jucar