Jumilla lies within Murcia DO, in the south east and inland from Alicante. A landscape of expansive valleys and plains intersected by mountain ranges make it a seemingly inhospitable location for grape cultivation. It has however been under vine since the Romans and benefitted when France suffered the Phylloxera outbreak. Having recovered from Phylloxera, the DO took the chance to produce more refined and lighter styles of wine. 

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Jumilla is considered to be Murcia's most important DO relating to quality and volume. It's also the oldest, having been established in 1966. 

Vines & Styles 

Monastrell/Mourvedre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the most planted of red varieties. Monastrell is well suited to the climate, sinking deep roots to cope with the heat. Well aged examples express coffee and spicy notes and subdued fruit. White varieties planted include; Airen, Macabeo, Pedro Ximenex and Malvasia. 

Climate & Conditions 

The strong continental climate combined with precious little rainfall made this a tough environment for vegetation to thrive. Water retaining limestone and altitude (ranging between 400-800m above sea level) offer some respite. Frost, storms and hail are a serious threat here. 

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