The Jumilla DO was created in only 1996, but its wines have been revealing potential almost since its inception. A late phylloxera attack in 1989 led to a fresh start. The vineyards were replanted to produce lighter but still fruity red, white and rosé wines made from native grape varieties, particularly Monastrell, as well as imported Syrah and Merlot.
At the same time, careful harvesting and investment in new equipment has improved the wines’ quality. The result is a new generation of elegant wines, some organic and the majority young, in which the Monastrell grape is showing remarkable results in the hands of skilled winemakers. Jumilla wines have, therefore, begun to make an impact abroad.