Located in the southern Castilian meseta, some 60 km from Madrid, La Mancha is Spain’s largest denomination of origin, occupying 30,700 km², and accounting for half of the land area of the provinces it encompasses.
The vineyards fall in 182 municipalities: 12 in the province of Albacete, 58 in Ciudad Real, 66 in Cuenca and 46 in Toledo, although certain modifications are underway to exclude areas that are not up-to-date on their registration.
The strength of tradition in the area’s viticulture reflects a series of intrinsic and natural conditions that favour grape cultivation and wines with well-defined qualities. La Mancha is ideal vineyard country because, although the yield per hectare is not very high, the quality of fruit, the ripening cycle and the health of the vines are extraordinary.
Long gone is the image of La Mancha as an immense plateau of arid lands that produced great quantities of wine with no thought to its quality. Nowadays, they have undoubtedly won their place among the world’s more prestigious wines.
La Mancha is also the world’s largest wine producing area, with a total of 164,553 hectares of vineyards, a truly remarkable figure that allows the production of a large proportion of all the wine produced in Spain.
Consejo Regulador DO La Mancha
Av. Criptana, 73 – Apartado 194
13600 Alcázar de San Juan
Tel.: +34 926 541 523