D.O. Jumilla

Jumilla

Jumilla Denominación de Origen (Protegida) was created in 1966, and is located in and around the Mediterranean region of Murcia in Southeast Spain. It is named after the city of Jumilla, and has a long history of producing high quality wines. A transitional zone between the Mediterranean coastal area and the high central plateau of Castilla La Mancha, the area is characterised by wide valleys, mountains and plateaus. Vineyard altitudes can vary from 400 to 800 metres above sea level. Soils are dark, lime bearing, and often with a hard lime crust making them ideal for the cultivation of the Monastrell, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties. In general, the soils are permeable and have good moisture retaining properties that allow the vines to survive during periods of prolonged drought.

The climate in Jumilla is continental, with long hot summers and cold winters tempered by the proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. The area is arid. Rainfall is low at around 300mm per year and it is irregular, mostly falling in the form of violent storms during autumn and spring. The average temperature is 19°C but temperatures exceed 40°C in the summer and drop to below zero in winter. There is a risk of frost up until March. The vineyards in Jumilla receive in excess of 3,000 hours of sunlight per year.