• History

In the early official division of wine DOs in Spain, in 1996, this area had already been differentiated from its neighbouring areas, but it has taken almost forty years to go from the drawing-up stage to the current reality.


Recently, in 1997, a group of winegrowing entrepreneurs and wine merchants from the region, whose wines came under the geographic appellation as Vinos de la Tierra, made important investments in technology and winemaking improvements. Together with support from the Manchuela Rural Development Board, they set out to create the Association for promoting DO Manchuela wines (Asociación Pro-Vinos Denominación de Origen Manchuela).


The Association came into being to deal with the administrative proceedings necessary to wipe the dust off its name, with the conviction that production would bring back its shine and that Manchuela deserves a place of relevance in the complex and competitive market of quality wines.


Consolidation began to take shape on July 28, 2000, when the name was registered in the Castilla - La Mancha Official Gazette. However, it made its public debut in 2001 with full honours in Madrid, in the salons of the Hotel Villa Magna. The event was attended by numerous wineries and cooperatives included in the DO, which enjoyed the event and wine-tasting sessions together with representatives from the towns making up the wine region, as well as the Chambers of Commerce, hotels and restaurants, select traders and the specialised press.


Manchuela is now the Seventh D.O. from the autonomous region of la Mancha and spans the pagos (“vineyards with wine classifications”) situated between the Jucar and Cabriel rivers to the south east of the province of Cuenca and to the north east of the province of Albacete.

“A region with charm”

The Jucar Valley is an excellent communication route between Levantine lands and those of the Mesteta (Plateau). This geographical permeability has been the source of continuous crossover of mutual cultural, political and economic influences.


This ancient region has several roots and has been home to different peoples throughout the centuries, as well as a privileged witness to battles, conquests and reconquests. All these happenings and experiences have forged a distinguishing character and culture, examples of which are shown by the different remains and monuments marking the lands and villages of the area.


Wine growing has been a part of our common cultural heritage since time immemorial and has been passed on from father to son as a treasure of incalculable worth. From the traditional domestic cave or jaraiz, - a primitive site -, up to present times, where cutting edge production techniques and quality control are employed in producing the wine.


The aim of the D.O. is to safeguard the quality of its wines in order to continue making history and make the people from the region feel an even deeper affinity with their land and be proud of their wines.

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