We would like to welcome you to this window into the world of wines by Designation of Origin Jumilla.
Our area, which comprises around 19,000 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 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.
This is the smallest town of those included within the DO, and 50% of its farming population is dedicated to vineyards.
Visit the web: http://www.albatana.es/
This is a town with a very rich historical past, situated in the north of the DO and dedicated almost in its entirety to vineyards and grain growing.
Visit the web: http://www.aytofuentealamo.es/
This has been part of the Albacete province since 1833. It has a farming-based economy, although industry and services play an important role in this city, which is the largest of those included within the DO
Visit the web: http://www.hellin.es/portal/index.php
The wine industry accounts for over 50% of the industry of this city, formerly known as Gémina. The city is the centre of the DO, and nearly all of the bottling plants of the area are located here.
Visit the web: http://www.jumilla.org/
This is an ancient town whose history stretches back over a thousand years. It is located in the north of the DO, and its main source of income is farming, especially on vineyards.
Visit the web: http://www.montealegredelcastillo.es/
In Ontur wine has a special relevance in festivals; the well-known “Cuervas” offer tasting sessions of previously-developed wine.
Visit the web: http://www.ontur.es/
This town is also dedicated to farming, and vineyards are part of the day-to-day life of its inhabitants.
Visit the web: http://www.tobarra.es/
The Designation of Origin Jumilla comprises over 19,000 hectares of vineyards, of which 40% are located in the town of Jumilla and group over 2,000 winegrowers. The designation has 45 registered wineries.
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%)