Enjoy enotourism in the Alicante Wine Region; let yourself be captivated by its viticulture richness. Delight in accommodation surrounded by vineyards. Visit wineries, taste wines with identity; try traditional menus and avant-garde wine combinations at some of the most long-established restaurants, and of course walk around its labyrinthine old towns and natural settings to savour its history.
History and Culture
The Alicante wine region (DO Alicante) has an old history in Spain. It is proven that wine culture was brought to the peninsula by the Phoenicians and Greeks and later by the Romans. The first ports they entered were Denia and Torrevieja. There are numerous archaeological remains from 3,000 years ago, which confirm the importance of wine in this area of Alicante.
The Wine area of Alicante is mainly divided into 3 zones: Vinalopó in the southern part, El Comtat in the interior, and Marina Alta in the north beside the sea.
The Vine and the Wine
The Mediterranean climate is key to the development of wine DO Alicante. High temperatures, many hours of sunshine, low rainfall and the proximity of the sea determine the particular qualities of wines from DO Alicante.
Fondillón , one of the five “Luxury Wines” recognized by the European Union
The grape varieties grown in this region are:
- Red Grapes: Grenache, Garnacha Tintorera, Monastrell, Tempranillo, Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
- White Grapes: Chardonnay, Macabeo, Meseguera, Muscat of Alexandria, Sauvignon Blanc, Plant and Verdil Fina.
As you can see, there are lots of varieties, but the most popular is Monastrell. This type of grape gives Alicante wines a special character, which makes them different from the rest.
You’ll find interesting white wines, rosés and reds. Young wines, crianza and reserve, they all stand for freshness, fruitiness and intensity of colour and aromas.
A special mention to the sweet liqueur wines. The Moscatel or “Mistela” is a sweet liqueur wine made from Muscat of Alexandria, a variety grown in Marina Alta. It is sweet and creamy, with a range of colours from straw to amber.
And do not forget the fantastic Fondillón , one of the five “Luxury Wines” recognized by the European Union, exclusively produced in this Wine region.
A Magic Environment Of Vineyards And Wine
In order to enjoy all these pleasures, the Alicante Wine Route now gives you the chance to integrate the resources and tourist services of its wine-making areas. Authenticity and vocation for experience will delight you with a first-hand, high quality Enotourism.
Wineries With History
Get to know the history of its wineries, along with the whole process of wine-making, from the grape harvest to the final stage of bottling.
In Alicante you will find places offering high cultural value and a wide range of national artistic heritage.
Value added gastronomy: culinary and cultural variety. A combination of taste, pleasure and health. Rural accommodation to enjoy the magic of the environment, an ideal scenario to get our strength back and continue our trip
A privileged climate all the year round, attractive festivities and many cultural and tourist events will give you the chance to enjoy wine culture from a very different angle.