Created as a DO in 1966, Jumilla has undergone a revolution of sorts in the past few decades. The new generation of wines have caused the region to blossom and exports have increased. The region itself is nicely settled in Southwest Spain, somewhat inland, between La Mancha and the Mediterranean sea, creating a good grape-growing climate.
The grape Monestrell (known as Mourvedre
in France) is making an impact here, taking up over 80% of the vineyard land and producing wines of dense fruit and spice character. It snagged the common partner syrah for blending, as well as the international grape, Merlot
. Monestrell takes well to the flat vineyards and rocky soils that retain heat. The red wines from Jumilla are full-bodied wines with flavors of black fruits and plums. Rosés of the Monestrell grape are refreshing and fruity.