UTIEL-REQUENA REGULATORY BOARD
2.700 years of history
Utiel and Requena’s winemaking culture prides itself on tradition with over 2700 years of history. Archaeological digs in this appellation region prove that the production of wine and its commercialization have continued uninterrupted since the beginning of the Iberian age until present day.
Dozens of wine presses carved in stone like the “Pilillas” of Requena, wine jugs, documents and grape seed remains found and studied from this appellation region, trace winemaking processes in the Utiel-Requena area back to the origins of viniculture on the Iberian Peninsula.
The antiquity, continuity and uniqueness of the indigenous Bobal grape variety is the platform upon which this cultural landscape resides, named Bobal territory, and which is considered by UNESCO as a candidate for world heritage status.
Landscape and climate
The Utiel-Requena appellation region is situated in the interior plains of the Province of Valencia, approximately 70km from the coast. It boasts a Mediterranean climate combined with continental characteristics due to its elevation of some 750 metres above sea level. The production area covers some 35,000 hectares of vineyards and includes nine municipalities: Caudete, Camporrobles, Fuenterrobles, Requena, Siete Aguas, Sinarcas, Utiel, Venta Del Moro and Villargordo of Cabriel.
Approximately 6000 families and 100 wineries owe their living to viniculture in the Utiel-Requena appellation area, making wine production the principal economic motor for the region.
Utiel-Requena (Valencian Comunity-Spain)
Native grape variety: Bobal
The Bobal grape variety is the centrepiece and star of the Appellation region of Utiel-Requena. Cultivation of this variety of grape, indigenous to the area, makes up 75% of the vineyard production surface because it is perfectly adapted to the region’s climate.
Wines made using this variety of grape are full bodied with an intense and characteristic colour, complex aromas and fruity nuances.
Scientific studies have shown that the Bobal grape variety contains one of the highest concentrations of resveratrol, the substance found in wines believed to be beneficial for cardiovascular health.
Other varieties of grape authorised for cultivation and use in this appellation region are:
Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Macabeo, Merseguera, Tardana, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Parellada, Verdejo and Moscatel de Grano Menudo.
The headquarters of the wine regulatory board for the region is based in Utiel, in a building named “Bodega Redonda”, loosely translated as the round cellar, an architectural marvel constructed in 1891. A more recent addition to the building was designated to the offices of the Utiel-Requena appellation region’s wine regulatory board, leaving the original structure to be adapted to house the Wine and grapevine museum. The museum offers free guided tours including an aroma recognition workshop and a guided wine tasting experience.
¿What is the wine Regulatory Board?
The Utiel-Requena appellation wine regulatory board is an organisation that certifies finished products made in the wineries, registered as producers in the specific appellation region, to ensure and protect the quality of the wines encompassed by the appellation name.
It also endeavours to promote these wines when possible. This board is made up of twenty members voted in by and to represent all members of the Utiel-Requena viniculture sector.