Utiel-Requena land

Utiel-Requena land

Utiel-Requena is located within the province of Valencia (Spain). It is located 70 km from the Mediterranean Sea and the altitude is between 600 and 900 metres. The land and climate, with Mediterranean caracteristics, but with continental influences, make the Utiel-Requena wines special, especially red and rosé wines made ​​from Bobal variety.

With an area of ​​34,312 hectares, is the largest and most homogeneous of Valencia vineyard. It has 95 wineries and 5,604 grape growers covered by the Designation of Origin.

The region includes nine municipalities: Caudete, Camporrobles, Fuenterrobles, Requena, Siete Aguas, Sinarcas Utiel, Venta del Moro and Villargordo del Cabriel.

The history of Utiel-Requena  wine has more than 2,500 years, as evidenced by the important Iberian sites scattered around the area.

In the Middle Ages (1265), during the reign of Alfonso X El Sabio the “keeper of the vineyards,” figure described in the Place de Requena is created. In the nineteenth a booming wine industry happened in Utiel-Requena.

In 1887 the railway line Valencia-Utiel led to the formation of neighborhoods wineries around the stations opened. Currently, about seven thousand families live as viticultors in Utiel-Requena, so wine is very important in the economy of this region.