We continue our series on the wines of Valencia with Castellón, the region just north of the city of Valencia. Despite Castellón’s long and interesting history of wine production, it is now only an “upcoming wine region”, but one with some interesting wines worth trying.
The grape harvest in Spain usually starts sometime in August, and continues until October, depending on the region and the year. In most wine tours you are shown the winery, and you would taste some of the wines they make; we decided to offer people the opportunity to participate in grape picking, quite a new experience for many! We found some wineries in the Utiel-Requena wine region interested in giving it a try.
We continue with our series on the Wines of Valencia, and this time we look at the region closest to Valencia city, the DOP Valencia, which is divided into four sub-regions. We discuss the differences between the sub-regions, grape varieties, and give examples of wines to look for when you’re in Valencia.
Valencia is known worldwide for its oranges, but its long days of warm sun and position next to the Mediterranean Sea also make it an ideal place for growing grapes. Generally speaking, Valencian wines tend to be intense, with body, structure and a relatively high alcohol content. Within the general region, one can distinguish seven or eight main wine producing areas, each with its own specific topography, climate, and very often its own dominant grape variety, resulting in an array of very different wines. Read more
Would you like a first-hand experience of grape picking, followed by a relaxing afternoon with a perfect lunch, sipping wine…? We’re planning some special wine tours to Utiel-Requena during the time of the “vendimia”, the grape harvest; maybe you should join us! Read more