We would like to welcome you to this window into the world of wines by Designation of Origin Jumilla.
Our area, which comprises around 30,000 hectares of vineyards scattered between the provinces of Murcia and Albacete , has been considered by specialised media as an emerging designation of origin due to the quality and originality of its wines.
All of us who make wine in Jumilla are full of excitement and making a serious effort at every level to continue offering a bigger and bigger selection of quality wines. That includes everyone from the winegrower, who is extremely careful with his vineyards, harvest controls and ripeness follow-ups, to the owners of the wineries, who use the best technologies and keep their premises modern . We will get you acquainted with all of this throughout the following pages.
We now invite you to get to know our land and our wines.
The Designation of Origin Jumilla has carried on an important wine tradition for centuries. Vines were grown in this area as early as the Hispanic Romanisation. However, it was in the middle of the 19 th century that the filoxera plague hit in broad European areas, mainly in France . This gave the the wine industry in Jumilla a spectacular boost of increased vine growing and a significant rise in must exports to the neighbouring country, which enriched the local agricultural sector.
Over the years, Jumilla has become one of the oldest Designations of Origin in Spain , regulated since 1966. The Oenological Research Center has been in operation since the beginning of the 20 th century (today it is the Regional Farming Laboratory and Experimental Winery), and it currently cooperates with the Control Board.
The Designation of Origin Jumilla is located in the Southeast of Spain, a transition area between the Mediterranean Levante coast and the Castilla La Mancha plateau and an area characterised by wide valleys and plains and surrounded by mountains. Its production is covered by two wide areas: the town of Jumilla , in the province of Murcia , in which the Control Board has its headquarters, and the towns and villages of Montealegre del Castillo, Fuenteálamo, Ontur, Hellín, Albatana and Tobarra in the province of Albacete . There are currently over 30,000 hectares of vineyards registered.
The main functions of the Control Board of the Designation of Origin Jumilla are to protect the Designation of Origin by enforcing compliance with its Regulations and to promote and control the wines included within the Designation.
The Control Board of the Designation of Origin Jumilla shall ensure that the wines protected under this designation are obtained from vineyards located in its area of production and from authorised varieties using cultural practises regarding pruning, plantation density, performance, etc. in compliance with its Regulations. In the same way, it shall ensure thatthe wineries comply with all the necessary requirements on elaborating wines included within this designation. These wines shall have to have a certain quality. To be eligible to use the name of Jumilla, the wineries shall have to undergo a rigorous qualification process. The Control Board is also in charge of making up and updating the Registers of vineyards and wineries belonging to the designation.
Visit the web: http://www.albatana.es/
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Visit the web: http://www.hellin.es/portal/index.php
Visit the web: http://www.jumilla.org/
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Visit the web: http://www.ontur.es/
Visit the web: http://www.tobarra.es/
The Designation of Origin Jumilla comprises over 25,000 hectares of vineyards, of which 40% are located in the town of Jumilla and group over 2,000 winegrowers. The designation has 40 registered wineries, of which 80% commercialise bottled wine; 70% of these wineries are located in the town of Jumilla.
The annual grape production of the designation is around 75 million kilos, of which 25 million litres are included yearly within the designation. Around 20 million of these litres are commercialised.
VINEYARD AREA D.O. JUMILLA:
- Albatana: 610 Ha.
- Fuenteálamo: 3.586 Ha.
- Hellín: 1.895 Ha.
- Jumilla: 9.986 Ha.
- Montealegre: 4.442Ha.
- Ontur: 1.544 Ha.
- Tobarra: 2.937 Ha.
Number of registered winegrowers: 2.000
Approximate distribution of areas: Jumilla (40%), Provincia Albacete (60%)