Utiel-Requena wine route
What will I find?
Over 100 vineyards dotted around the region, offering guided wine-tasting sessions with experts where you'll discover the taste of Valencian cava or the colour of the Bobal grape. Excellent local gastronomy featuring typical dishes such as ajoarriero (stewed cod and garlic), casseroled rice and potatoes in sauce. A journey through the history of wine production in this region in places such as the museum of "el Vid y el Vino" (the grapevine and wine museum) in Utiel, housed in a curious round winery. Spectacular landscapes in nature reserves such as the Hoces de Cabriel and Chera. You'll also be able to enjoy adventure and outdoor sports such as kayaking, hiking, cycle touring, horse riding, rafting and climbing. An extensive and outstanding artistic heritage including an abundance of medieval architecture, archaeological sites, underground galleries, walled sites and Mudejar neighbourhoods. Traditional festivities such as the grape harvest festival in Requena. For more information, we recommend you visit the tourist offices in the area.
What are the wines like?
There are 40,000 hectares of vineyards in the area covered by the Utiel-Requena Designation of Origin. Several varieties of grape are used in the production of its wines, and particularly the Bobal grape, a native variety which is the most common. In fact this is practically the only area in the world where it is grown, and the result is a distinctive wine of first-rate quality and with a clearly defined character and personality. Most of the wines produced in Utiel-Requena are red, with a dark cherry colour and fruity aromas. The rosés are also delicious, as are the whites, which have intense fruity aromas and a yellow colour, with gold and straw tones. Cava, which is becoming more and more important, is another of the star products of this area.
How to get there
The Utiel-Requena wine route is in the interior of the province of Valencia in eastern Spain. Valencia airport is 70 kilometres from the area. There are also bus and train services with stations in the towns of Utiel, Camporrobles and Requena. The A-3 dual carriageway connects this area with the city of Valencia, 68 kilometres away, and with Madrid in under three hours.