Castilla La Mancha is the heartland of Spain, a vast, high plateau best known as home of the Castilian “knight” Don Quixote de la Mancha and the windmills at which he so memorably tilted. The Region, defined as the largest area of vineyards in the world, groups together the municipalities that shape the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo (the capital). Around the culture of wine flourishes a high quality enotourism. A model of sustainable and ecological tourism that guarantees strong and stable growth of the service sector in Castilla La Mancha.
The Region of Castilla La Mancha is known as the most extensive vineyard in the world, with more than 500,000 hectares (1.235.526 acres) dedicated to the vine, approximately half of the surface dedicated to vine growing in Spain. The vineyards of Castilla La Mancha are to be found on a great plateau of loose and healthy soil composed of a combination of clay and limestone, with a clear wine growing vocation. The versatility of the land of Castilla La Mancha, plenty of sunshine and high temperatures, enable to introduce a vast variety of grapes from around the world, complementing the native grapes Airen and Tempranillo.
D.O. Castilla La Mancha is one of the greatest wine regions of Spain. The region has adapted modern vinification techniques to produce clean, stable, various wines : red, white, claret, rosé, light, strong, dense, all to match each person’s taste and the food they go with. Near 20 million hectoliters (528,344.102 US gallons) are produced on an annual basis, generating 38,000 jobs and involving 112,000 farmers. With 49 varieties cultivated, Castilla la mancha has 9 D.O. and 12 Wines of Pago (state wines).