The Romans introduced vines to the area and they have remained here since. Spain's largest wine growing region and previously known for cheap, bulk wine La Mancha began to change this reputation in the 1970s. Although it still covers a large proportion of the Central Iberian plateau and while bulk wines are still produced here, there are some winemakers who are bucking the trend.Read More
Europe's largest wine growing region occupies about half of the Castilla-La Mancha region.
Varieties are often chosen on their ability to survive the conditions. White varieties planted: Airen, Macabeo and Chardonnay. Reds include Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monstratell. Airen can be a neutral wine but grown well and with modern techniques can be fresh, aromatic and dry. Tempranillo can produce spicy and rich wines at a great price for the quality.