Almansa is a small appellation located in the southeast of the province of Albacete in Castilla-la Mancha. There are currently just 12 wineries here producing both red and white wines. Recent years have seen a focus on Garnacha Tintorera and the grape is quietly becoming the speciality of the area.
Manchuela DO is a relatively large wine region around one-hundred kilometres southeast of Cuenca. Up until 1982, the area was part of the larger La Mancha DO, but driven by a desire to deliver quality wines through innovative practice and new technology, growers set about establishing their own appellation with these principal aims. Their wish was granted in 2000, when Manchuela received its own DO designation, and today, the area is known for its red wines from Bobal, Cencibel (Tempranillo) and Garnacha amongst others.
Like it’s neighbour, Manchuela DO, Ribera del Júrcar was once part of the larger La Mancha appellation. Granted Denominación de Origen status in 2003, grapes grown in this region enjoy a long ripening period, delivering high quality, elegant wines that are largely considered good value. Red grapes rule with Cencibel (Tempranilllo) and Bobal the most prevalent, along with French varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The small amount of white wine produced here comes from Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel.
Around one-hundred kilometres east of Madrid, Uclés DO is a wine region of Castilla-La Mancha, best known for its wines from the Cencibel (Tempranillo) grape. Other permitted red grapes are Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, whilst white wines can be made from Chardonnay, Verdejo, Moscatel, Macabeo and Sauvignon Blanc. The appellation’s diverse topography creates three sub-zones, with each set of distinct growing contusions expressed in the wines they produce.