The Spanish Wine DO Region Jumilla suffered the deadly phylloxera vine infestation in the late 80s and producers were forced into re-planting a significant proportion of vineyards using grafted vines which had proved resistent to phylloxera in many other wine regions. Spanish Wine DO Jumilla producers replaced vines with a higher calibre of rootstocks and grape varieties better suited to the wine styles enjoyed by modern-day consumers and higher quality wines. The Monastrell variety dominates red wine here and wines made from the grape have been earning acclaim since the early 90s both at home and abroad. This very Mediterranean variety of grape is well suited to the climate here thanks to its thick skin and ability to resist drought and frost.
The wines of Spanish Wine DO Jumilla are today much fresher and fruit-driven and tannins are kept in check due to harvesting earlier in the vineyard and carefully controlled macerations and oak ageing. The hot, dry climate also makes it possible for producers to grow organic grapes.
If you’re visiting the region, a visit to the town of Jumilla is highly recommended. The 15th century castle, peering down from a hilltop, is just one of the monuments worth visiting and there are number of excellent restaurants, some with charming central patios where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.
Jumilla Spanish Wine DO Region Principal Red Grape Varieties: Monastrell dominates. Others: Garnacha Tintorera, Cencibel (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tinta, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot
Jumilla Spanish Wine DO Region Principal White Grape Varieties: Airén, Macabeo (Viura), Pedro Ximénez, Malvasía, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel
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