We say with pride that La Mancha is the largest vineyard on the planet and has a wide variety of wines, from its excellent reds, whites, and rosés to its bubbly sparkling wines.
It is located in the center of Spain, where it has a unique climate, flat soils, and no high altitudes of reddish terroir.
As previously mentioned, we should not forget that Airén (white variety) is the dominant grape variety in the region, followed by Tempranillo (red variety known locally as Cencibel).
As a point of interest, it is worth noting that it is one of the oldest Denominaciones de Origen in Spain, with its first records dating back to 1932.
La Mancha has seen 10% year-over-year growth for the past decade, making the US one of the top importing countries of wines from this region.
Today, we are going to talk about five wineries that have bet on the North American market for another year running:
- Bodegas el Progreso is characterized by its young, single-varietal wines. El Progreso, considered to be one of the largest in the region, is where tradition and innovation come together to give rise to wines such as El Progreso Selection, a strong, rich, elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.
- Virgen de las Viñas, a family winery, maintains high standards of quality in both the vineyard and the cellar, thus creating Tomillar Reserva, a classic Tempranillo–Cabernet Sauvignon blend.
- Bodegas Verum is characterized by its classic blends, including its Verum Blanco, made with Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer, incredible in both the mouth and the nose, and its Verum Roble, whose Tempranillo, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make this wine pleasurable to the most demanding palate.
- Tavasa Destilerías’ 1847 100% Tempranillo is the maximum expression of this independent variety, but they also specialize in sparkling wine.
- Bodegas Soledad highlights its white, sparkling Kruberg Chardonnay, easy to drink, perfect to begin or end a fun party with friends, and its Solmayor line, fresh and dynamic, various highly aromatic single-varietals that will make any tasting a real spectacle of flavors and aromas.
Raquel Dominguez Rueda