Castilla-La Mancha! What comes to mind?
The land of Don Quixote, the man of La Mancha, red limestone soils, rolling hills, the dreams of men and women.
This heartland of Spain is one of the largest, lushest expanses of vineyards anywhere in the world. Filled with producers both large and small, innovative and traditional, using a wide range of varieties, La Mancha is gaining fame around the globe for their unique interpretations of some of your favorite wines.
It’s easy to write about these wonderful wines, but there is nothing like tasting them for yourself. The warmth of Spain’s summers, the cool breezes of those rolling hills, the complexity of the history and soils that support these wines are not to be missed, and now you don’t have to.
Tempranillo. Spain’s great red variety Tempranillo has its most extensive planting in Castilla-La Mancha (where it is also named Cencibel). Used by local producers for hundreds of years, Tempranillo in Castilla-La Mancha, produces a fresh, aromatic wine brimming with red and black fruits and the intense ruby color provided by the thick skin of the Tempranillo grapes.
While Tempranillo is the region’s most noteworthy grape, Castilla-La Mancha’s great variety of soils and microclimates allows for the production of both indigenous and international varieties with equal success. Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon stand shoulder to shoulder with Graciano and Bobal appealing to connoisseurs and enthusiast who are always searching for new experience and fresh take on familiar wines.
While red wines are most common in Castilla-La Mancha, a great range of white varietals such as Macabeo, Chardonnay and the enigmatic Viognier are also gaining favor. In spite of the growing popularity of these new varieties, Airen, which is also known in Castilla-La Mancha as Manchega, remains the region’s favorite white wine in more ways than one.
More Airen is grown in Castilla-La Mancha than in any other region in the world. Airen’s evolution in recent years reflects a trend that is also impacting the other varietals produced in here: an increase in technological innovation and the application of modern vinification techniques, which have allowed producers to consistently produce the highest quality wines from varieties that were traditionally undervalued. Airen is currently the base of an enormous variety of young, fresh and fruity white wines.
The wines of Castilla-La Mancha are ready to take their place in the international markets. Like the man of La Mancha used to do four centuries ago, they have defeated giants that stood in their way and now look to towards their bright future with optimism and joy.
Make sure you take advantage of your opportunity to taste the wines of Castilla-La Mancha during the Castilla-La Mancha U.S. Tour 2012.
Announcing the Castilla-La Mancha U.S. Tour 2012
Come taste the wines of Castilla-La Mancha for yourself in three cities:
Atlanta May 21
Chicago May 23
New York May 24