Our 22,000 hectares of land under vine are to be found inland in the Valencia region, mainly in the area of Utiel Requena.
There has been winemaking in this part of Spain for over 2,700 years. Various archaeological sites confirm that wine has been made and traded here from the time of the Iberians up to our own day.
This area is on a small, almost circular plateau that covers over 1,800 km2 some 70 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea, at 600 to 900 metres above sea level.
The area has a continental climate with a Mediterranean influence. The average annual temperature is 14 °C with an average temperature spread of over 17 °C. July is generally the hottest month and December the coldest.
The winters, with temperatures frequently falling below freezing, are cold and long, and the thermometer can read as low as 15 °C. Spring generally comes late and tentatively, with occasional frosts as late as April and May. Summers are short but intensely hot, with midday temperatures of up to 40 °C. Autumns are short with occasional morning frosts.
Generally, rainfall levels are very low, at 400 mm per year on average, and sunshine hours are medium to high at around 2,700 hours per year. The lack of rain, together with the long hours of sunshine, account for the very low risk of fungal diseases.
The soil is generally sandy and conglomerate, with some fertile clay terraces in the valleys. Vines are trained using both gobelet (bush) and trellis systems. Vine density ranges from a minimum of 1,400 plants per hectare for bush vines and 1,600 for trellis vines.