GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AND INFORMATION OF INTEREST The production area of the Yecla vineyards is to the north of the community of Murcia between the Jumilla and Alicante DOs. It is divided into two sub-zones: Yecla Campo Arriba and Yecla Campo Abajo. Since the time of the Phoenicians, vines have been cultivated in this area. In the middle of the 19th century, Yecla was consolidated as a wine production area and this is confirmed by the Diccionario de Madoz (1845-1850). As a result of wine development and during the 20th century, the industry of artisan coopers flourished. CLIMATE The climate of this D.O is similar to that of Jumilla, continental, with very hot summers and very cold winters. Rainfall is very low, and there is a risk of spring frosts. SOILS, VINES AND GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WINES The soils are poor, limestone and highly permeable to take advantage of the very scant rainfall. These conditions favor the development of the Monastrell variety, which occupies 80% of the vineyard production. There is also red Garnacha, among others, and among the white ones, the implantation of Airén stands out. The wines from the Campo Arriba area are more alcoholic and coloured, and those from Campo Abajo are lighter and less coloured. The reds are the really abundant ones. They have garnet tones, a good layer and fruity aromas. They are meaty on the palate and very balanced.
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