A minor revolution has been under way in DO La Mancha, the
largest wine-growing region in Spain and indeed the world.
La Mancha is a vast, flat natural region that includes
a major part of the provinces of Toledo, Ciudad Real, Cuenca
and Albacete. La Mancha is a sea of old “en vaso” or “bush trained” vines. There are more vines planted in this denomination than in all of Australia and they are mostly dry farmed and old, producing very low yields naturally. This gives an insight into how this region in particular is able to offer such a fantastic quality/price ratio.
Bodegas Campos Reales is situated in El Provencio in the heart of DO La Mancha, in the province of Cuenca and on the border with
Toledo. The company was established in 1988 after the merger
of two cooperatives in the same town. In 1996 a
new winery was built and innovative machinery with state of
the art technology installed, thereby creating one of the most modern
bodegas in Europe, with the aim of producing wines of excellent,
consistent quality and value.
Between El Provencio and the
neighbouring villages Bodegas Campos Reales have a total of
4000 hectares of vineyards which include white varieties, Airén, Macabeo,
Blanc, and red varieties, Tempranillo
Moravia Buena, Merlot
and Bobal. The
calcareous (lime) clay soils with their stony character
are ideal for maximum water retention when there
is drought, the main enemy of these vineyards. The
climate is continental with long hot summers and cold
winters. Rainfall is scarce with annual amounts averaging
no more than 500 mm which fall mainly in the spring and autumn.
These extremes of cold in winter and heat in summer are the
ideal climatic conditions for producing excellent quality
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for more information.