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Castilla La Mancha

About Castilla La Mancha

Located 40 miles south of Madrid, the Castilla-La Mancha region lies in the heart of Spain. Amidst the region’s hot and arid climate, about half of Spain’s total vineyard acreage is grown. Here, the majority of wine production relies on the varieties Cencibel—a regional clone of Tempranillo—as well as Airén, a relatively neutral white grape that thrives in this barren region. Recently, many new vineyards have been planted with a variety of local and international red grape varietals, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Garnacha. While the prestigious DOs of Castilla-La Mancha have more stringent viticulture and winemaking restrictions than the lesser Vino de la Tierra designation, quality wines can certainly be found. Most commonly, these red blends are full bodied with ripe tannins and robust fruit and spice aromas. The rated selections in our Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Ratings can range from reasonably inexpensive to some of the highest priced in the Castilla-La Mancha region. Check out the Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Reviews for a full list of the rated wines from the region.

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