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Alicante is part of the Comunidad de Valenciana region, named for the town on the Mediterranean coast and awarded D.O. status in 1957.
It is divided into two zones:
La Marina is along the coast, between the towns of Denia and Calpe. This section has a distinctly Mediterranean climate with very hot summers. Moscatel production for sweet and fortified wines is the main focus, and many have the label “Moscatel de Alicante.”
The Vinalopo, along the river of the same name, is adjacent to the Yecla region of Murcia. This is a continental climate, with hot, dry summers. Monastrell (Mourvedre), best suited to these conditions, dominates the plantings and is made into a voluptuous red wine as well as rosado. Other red grapes grown and used for blending are Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Bobal.
But the pride of the region is Fondillon, a semi-sweet, non-fortified, vino rancio (oxidized wine) made from overripe Monastrell (sometimes also with Garnacha) that dates back to the 17th century and has been cultivated into a product of great complexity, though relatively high in alcohol. Some producers use a solera aging method with an average wine age of six to eight years. Some Fondillons are produced only using grapes from specific vintages, like Port. The oxidization gives it an amber/brown hue, further developing the rich, nutty flavors. Local winemakers are also tinkering with completely dry styles of Fondillon, which are also oxidized, but using conventionally ripened grapes.– Description from Amanda Schuster
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