Have you ever been to Murcia? Murcia is a crossroads of cultures with a great historical heritage. But beyond that, have you tried this region’s wines?
If you do not yet know this region and its wines, here you are some key facts to start discovering it.
In Murcia, there are three designations of origin which evidence the oenological success of the region. Yecla and Bullas are two relatively young and surging designations of origin, while the Jumilla is one of the most ancient in Spain, with a regulation settled in 1966.
Vineyards in Yecla. Ryan Opaz
The main red variety in the three of them is Monastrell, which is used in many varietal wines, but also blended with Grenache, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot.
This region’s white wines offer complex and scented fruity aromas, released from the typical varieties Airen, Merseguera, Malvasía and Macabeo, which is the most common to this area.
The city of Bullas gives name to one of these D.O. From the time of the Romans, this land has been devoted to winemaking, but it was not until the 90′s that the D.O. was certified. Its most common variety is Monastrell, out of which high-coloured and very aromatic wines with a high alcohol degree and intense tannins are obtained. They are good wines for ageing. This was the variety used in the great Lavia Plus 2007, made by Bodegas Molino y Lagares. This winery, which combines tradition and modernity, is located in a innovative building in the place known as Venta del Pino, a very beautiful location in which hicking or biking are highly recommended.
If you decide to get to visit this area, a visit to the Bullas’ Wine Museum is highly recommended. It is located in an old winery from the end of the 19th century. You can also pamper yourself with a session at Archena’s spa and bathing resort.
A good option to discover the D.O. Yecla is visiting Bodegas Castaño, a family winery with a long winemaking tradition, which throughout history became a quality reference in the area. The wine Hécula evidences it. It is market by its outstanding fruit aromas, but also by the well integrated notes of wood.
Another must is Casa Cisca, a symbol of seriousness and elegance. Do not forget visiting the Basilica de la Purísima, a neoclassic styled church that stands out in the landscape of the city because of its great dome made of white and blue tiles.
Last but not least, Jumilla is one of the most renowned D.O. nowadays. It stands out for the elaboration of high quality wines, made of a surprising Petit Verdot and Viognier, from wineries such as Casa de la Ermita; as the winery Juan Gil, with its greatest hit, Juan Gil 2010, a pleasant wine with an optimal value for money; Bodegas Carchelo and its Carchelo Sierva, a highly pleasant wine; or Bodegas El Nido with its master pieces, the excellent Nido and Clio.
Do you fancy making a wine tour in the region?