The Jumilla DO lies in the southeast Spain, between the
Mediterranean Levante coast and the Castilla La Mancha DO.
Jumilla is part of the Murcia province which also includes the
appellations of Bullas and Yecla.
The climate is influenced by its proximity to the Mediterranean on the east
side and La Mancha plateau on the west side. It is a region characterised by
long sunshine hours and scant rainfall. Its sandy soils and the hot climate
acted for many years as shield to the invasion of the phylloxera, up until 1989
when the vineyards finally succumbed to the arrival of this disastrous bug.
The re-planting of the vineyards was used as an opportunity to
revitalise the production of the old, often tired vines and move away
from practices of bulk wine-making that prevailed in the past decades.
Jumilla has since re-invent itself as a producer of modern, fruity
red, white and rosé wines made from native grape varieties, Cencibel
(Tempranillo), Garnacha (Tinta and
Tintorera) and particularly Monastrell, as well as from
the recently introduced Syrah, Cab. Sauvignon and Merlot. Late-harvested
Monastell and Pedro Ximenez grapes are used to craft small quantities of
delicious, intensely concentrated, lushly sweet wines.
Improved vineyard management and outside investment in new equipment from
industry heavyweights from other established Spanish regions has led to a
remarkable increase in the wine quality. The result is a new generation of
characterful wines, some organic, and the majority red (over 80%), in which the
rediscovered Monastrell grape is showing promising results in the hands of
Castillo, Agapito Rico, Casa de la Ermita