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Castilla-La Mancha

Castilla-La Mancha is a large area in Spain’s Meseta Central wine-producing region. Found to the south and to the east of the nation’s capital city Madrid, this region is known for producing reasonably priced everyday wines. Originally famous for Don Quixote and Manchego cheese, the area has a deep cultural history apart from its vinous contributions. Home to various UNESCO World Heritage sites, this beautiful part of Spain is responsible for producing IGP (Indicación Geográfica Protegida) wines which are less regulated than DOs but are nonetheless delicious table wines. Castilla-La Mancha provides a rather significant amount of raw material for Spanish spirits, like Brandy de Jerez. The wine-growing conditions are harsh, hot and dry with little rainfall making it difficult to sustain a crop. However, thanks to modern winemaking technologies introduced in the 1980s, La Mancha has been able to produce fresh, crisp reds and dry whites. The region is mainly planted to Airén, a white grape, but also the Spanish red Tempranillo. More recently, the region has also seen an increase in international varieties of dark-skinned grapes, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. In the end, this expansive region produces low-priced, yet quality wines for every day. ...

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