Dating back to the Middle Ages, but believed to date from the Roman Empire, and considering the ancient tradition of wine growing in this land, the first official recognition that makes the wine from La Mancha as an appellation of origin dates from 1932, published in “La Gaceta de Madrid” (today’s Governments State Gazette) in September of that year, making this DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN – DO one of the oldest in Spain.
Later, in 1973, began its journey in the Control Board, acquiring its own identity, culminating in 1976 with the Ministerial Order approving the first regulation of the DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN – DO and its Regulatory Board
La Mancha is, broadly speaking, a large plateau. It is a land that does not have any large mountains or differences in altitude, which has been gradually flattened out over the course of millions of years.
The altitude (the majority of the vineyards in the La Mancha region vary between 600 and 800 metres above sea level), the latitude and the specific geographical location determine its climate.
For more than 20 years, modern winemaking techniques and equipment, such as cold fermentation and the use of stainless steel, have resulted in an eye-opening makeover for D.O. La Mancha’s leading white grape, Airén. Airén is responsible for lively, fresh and fruity white wines. Tempranillo contributes to robust reds that are often labelled according to their maturation: joven are the youngest; crianzas have 6 months in oak; reservas receive 12 months in oak; and gran reservas see 18 months oak and 42 months in bottle.
As quality continues to soar, D.O. La Mancha is also innovating with international varieties, blending them with traditional regional grapes or making New World-style varietal wines. With remarkable progress that has already occurred, and the grand expectations for the future, D.O. La Mancha is excited to offer these wines to the world.
SEAL OF QUALITY
The back label, or neckband, is found on the back of each bottle, and is the distinctive seal of a La Mancha Denomination of Origin wine.
The back label guarantees the origin of the bottle and certifies that the wine contained in it complies with all of the regulations and quality checks required by the Regulatory Board. It also has a serial number to ensure that the origin of each wine can be traced.
There are different back labels depending on the types and characteristics of each wine in the Denomination of Origin, which allows consumers to identify the type of wine that they like.