Being the owner of a La Manga Club property provides a great opportunity for wine enthusiasts to become familiar with the regional Murcia wine routes. This sunny region is home to three prestigious Designation of Origin (DO) certifications: Jumilla, Bullas and Yecla. They also hold Spanish Association of Wine Cities (ACEVIN) certificates and all of them are available to try when visiting our La Manga Club golf resort. All three dominations have many nuances, diversity and, above all, quality that will delight wine lovers and enthusiasts alike.
First up on the tour of regional Murcia wine routes is the Jumilla Designation of Origin (DO). Comprised of more than 22,700 hectares of vineyards from Murcia and Albacete, this DO was granted in 1966. Jumilla is made from the Monastrell grape, a late variety which is typical of the region, and which is characterised by its high quality and high alcohol content. Its bouquets are expressive and powerful, resulting in wines with an intense ruby colour, fruity aromas with medium-high acidity. The wines of the Jumilla Designation of Origin are most well-known for their crianza reds, but the sweet wines, organic wines and liqueur wines also stand out.
The second stop on our wine route brings us to the DO Bullas, certified since 1994. The production area of these wines spreads across the municipalities of Bullas, Cehegín, Mula, Pliego, Ricote, Calasparra, Caravaca de la Cruz, Moratalla and Lorca. As with the Jumilla DO, the Monastrell grape variety reigns supreme in this DO too. The area has a long history of wine making and the Regulatory Council of the Denomination of Origin explains, “the cultivation of vineyards in the Bullas DO area is the result of combining traditional methods and ancestral knowledge with the integration of available technology”. For a taster of the Bullas DO, you can walk through its vineyard landscapes or visit one of the more than 200 traditional wineries and even stop in at the Wine Museum to learn about the long winemaking tradition close to your residence at La Manga Club.
Lastly, our route takes us to the Yecla Denomination of Origin, which produces a wide variety of wine styles. Once again, its main base, as with both the Jumilla and Bullas DO, is the Monastrell variety, used for rosés, reds and liqueur wines. Yecla wines are based on the Monastrell variety alone or they can also include other approved varieties. As for the white wines under the Yecla DO, the main grape varieties are Macabeo, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo, along with the traditional Airen. As the Yecla Denomination of Origin itself explains, their red wines have a purplish cherry colour with crimson tones and very intense aromas of balsamic, spices and mineral reminiscences together with different notes of red fruits, making for a sublime experience on the palate.
As you see, the Region of Murcia is much more than orchards and sea. Steeped in tradition, its excellent wine production will make your stay at La Manga Club more memorable and unique due to the one-of-a-kind wine and gastronomy on offer. The three DO wine routes add to the rich variety of experiences offered by our tourist, leisure and sports resort in the Region of Murcia.
Come and discover the best of Murcia. Enjoy its landscapes, its gastronomy and toast your holiday with the exceptional regional Murcia wine routes to be explored.