About the Region
The climate for the vineyards that fall under the Valencia DO are mixed between Mediterranean and Continental depending on their proximity to the coast. The DO was created in 1957 and covers some 32,000 acres (13,000ha), spread over three production zones.
The dry white wines from the area are produced mainly from Macabeo or Mersequera, with the sweet wine, and probably the best known – Moscatel de Valencia – being produced from Moscatel de Alejandra whilst the reds are predominantly Monastrell, with Bobal, Tempranillo, Garnacha and a few international varietals also permitted. Cava is also produced, mainly from Macabeo.
Valencia also produces Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva wines however, unlike the rest of Spain, the ageing times required for using these terms is significantly less than the rest of Spain.
With red, white, rosé, sparkling and sweet fortified wine all being produced it’s very quickly moving from being a quantity driven region to a quality one.