The Valencia wine region has been in existence for more than a thousand years. Today, food and drink tours in Valencia are particularly popular. Largely due to being Spain’s biggest region for exporting wine to markets all around the world.
The abbreviation D.O refers to “Denomination of Origin” and within the Valencia D.O there are also a number of additional sub-regions. The local climate helps create a diverse range of wines, including light effervescent Cavas to rich fruity reds, along with dry whites.
Sub-Regions of Valencia Wine Region
Why not incorporate a wine tour into your food and drink tours in Valencia, visiting one of the following wine regions:
If you decide to do some research on Valencian wines, then – Utiel-Requena will spring up straight away. It is the largest region for wine in Valencia and its tradition of winemaking dates back to the 7th century. The name is derived from two of the local towns, Utiel and Requena. The warm climate has produced the Bobal grape, used mostly for red wines and rosés.
Alicante is of course, world-famous for its wine-making, and has been in producing wine for centuries. Vineyards here produce more sophisticated reds, with the focus being on quality rather than quantity. The main grape varieties are; Monastrell (a sweet Fondillon), Alicante Bouschet, Bobal and Moscatel de Alejandria.
If you fancy travelling further south, then do arrange to make a stop in the Yecla wine region. The small region is well known for its rich, fruity reds made from, once again – the Monastrell grape.
As for the Valencia wine region itself, there’s a great variety available. Ranging from local bottles made in the gardens that surround the city, along with those from the nearby mountain ranges.
The main grapes are Merseguera, Moscatel de Alejandría, and Sauvignon Blanc for the white wines. Whilst Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot are for used for the red.
Furthermore, the D.O. Valencia Wine Region is then split into four sub-zones:
This area produces wines under the Valencia D.O. some 72 km northeast of the city. Dry white wines are produced here due to the climate and location. As the name suggests, Alto is high and Turia – meaning the Turia river.
This area is in the north-centre of Valencia province. The soil diversity and the climate produce very different wine types. The whites are: Merseguera, Macabeo or Planta Fina. The reds include: Tintorera, Tempranillo or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Moscatel de Valencia
This area is situated to the southwest and enjoys a sunny warm climate, which cooled by the Mediterranean is perfect for the Moscatel grapes to ripen. The grapes produce the Moscatel Liquor Wine- a typical Valencia wine.
This area can also be divided in half, one being closer to the coast where white vines are grown. The other being towards the centre. Where the rich red wines are produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo.
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