Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A DELEGATION of D.O. MANCHUELA Winemakers and Represenatives Conduct their 'FIRST U.S. TOUR' by Philip S. Kampe

The MANCHUELA wine region, located in the Province of Cuenca, is the home of 29 Vineyards (Bodegas), that produce over 1.5 million liters of wine annually. The region is known for it's native BOBAL variety (red) and the MACABEO (white) grape varietal.

The region was officially recognized as a D.O. in July 2000. In 1982 the region was recognized as a D.O.P. after it split from La Mancha to form it's own region.

Winemakers in this region are known for their historic winemaking techniques using modern day innovation.

Besides Bobol, many other red grapes grow in the region, including Tempranillo; Syrah; Cabernet Sauvignon; Monastell; Merlot; Garnacha and Moravia Dulce.

Macabeo is the star white grape of the region, but, Manchuela produces other varietals including Chardonnay; Albillo; Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo.

The vineyards are located on a plateau at a height of 2000-2300 feet. The soil is clay with a limestone base that comes from the sediment of the Jucar and Cabrial rivers. La Mancha is to the west and Jumilla to the south.

The climate is dry and sunny during the day, while at night the humid, fresh, Mediterranean winds blow. The contrast of the sunny days and humid, windy evenings create a perfect environment for the grapes to reach maturity.

The vineyards compose roughly 10,000 acres. The average summer temperature is 77 degrees .
Rainfall is 18 inches.

The wines from Manchuela are outstanding wines. As consumers, we know very little about these wines.Fortunately, a delegation from Manchuela will be visiting the U.S. to explain their wines to consumers and press.

The wines from Manchuela will be highlighted at the New York Wine Expo, which takes place from February 26th to 28th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Manchuela wines can be found at Booths# 402 and 408-418.

This is your Opportunity to Discover MANCHUELA WINES!!
If you are not in the New York City area, ask your local wine shop to stock wines from Manchuela. Familiar producers include: Bodegas SAAC; Vitivinos; Vinicola el Molar; Bodegas Villavid; Cooperativa Uci-Castelnoble; Cooperativa De la Estrella and Senorio del Jucar.

More information on the New York Wine Expo can be found at: www.wine-expos.com/wineNY .

Press inquiries regarding the Manchuela's delegation's visit to New York should be addressed to:
melanieyoung@myouncom.com or Erica Nonni at enonni@myoungcom.com
Melanie Young Communications

PHILIP S. KAMPE
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