JUMILLA D.O. a topical designation
The different climates and varieties of soil give wine a unique character in every place where it is cultivated, even if it is the same varietal.
The wine has been distinguished through the use of geographical names not only to know its origin, but also to express some characteristics and qualities which make it different in comparison with other ones from distinct areas.
Today the precise meaning of Protected Designation of Origin is established by law. In our case, the rule in question is Regulation (EC) 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, according to which a PDO is:
“A name that identifies a product:
- Whose origin comes from a determinate place, region or country. Its quality has to be fundamentally or exclusively to a geographic area, with attached natural and human factors, and whose production phases take place completely in its defined geographic area.
Bodegas Bleda, which belongs to Jumilla D.O since it was recognised in 1966, played an important role in its creation. Several winemakers from Jumilla, including our predecessor Antonio Bleda, made every effort to obtain this Designation of Origin. It is said that every trip made to the Ministry of Agriculture was lived with expectation by Jumilla’s population. The feeling of pride towards their homeland and Jumilla wines quality achieved to align particular interests in order to obtain a benefit with whom conquer the world.
But let’s talk in detail about what is Jumilla D.O nowadays.
Jumilla D.O is located in Spanish southeast, a zone characterized by large valleys and plains, surrounded by mountains. It is a transition zone between the coastal of Mediterranean Spain and Spanish Meseta. The production is contained in two big sections: the municipality of Jumilla, located in Murcia, where is the headquarters of the Regulation Council, and the municipalities of Montealegre del Castillo, Fuente Alamo, Ontur, Hellin, Albatana and Tobarra, placed in the province of Albacete.
Jumilla D.O production zone comprises notable altitude pieces of land, spreading the vineyard plantations out from 320 to 900 metres above sea level, with a relief of not very high mountains.
Jumilla D.O Regulation Council performs the functions of defending the Designation of Origin, ensuring tender specifications as well as the control of the wines covered by it. This means the control of aspects such as the used grape type, the maximum vineyard efficiency, the grape degree and the enological practices during its elaboration.