Valdepeñas Wine

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Valdepeñas is wine region in the south of Castilla La Mancha. It is named after the ancient city, and is characterized by little rocky formations along its sweltering river valley. Hence the name, which means “Valley of Rocks.”

It was originally known for producing “Clarete,” a light red wine finished with almost a third white wine. The style is still produced, but by blending the musts instead of the finished wines. These were often stored and fermented in “tinajas,” clay pots, rather than barrels. But vinification has gone more modern now with the requisite barrels and steel casks. More modern too is the predilection for making wine in a wide range of styles from very young releases to finer, barrel aged reservas, as well as rosados. Though not as well known as wines from neighboring regions, they are often very value-driven and worth seeking out.
 
Much like its bigger sibling La Mancha, the main grapes grown are the red Cencibel (a.k.a. Tempranillo Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Tempranillo

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  • Macabeo

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  • Grenache

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  • Airén

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