General Information: Utiel Requena is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the province of Valencia (Valencian Community). It takes its name from the two neighbouring towns of Utiel and Requena. It is renowned for the predominant use of the Bobal grape variety.
Climate:The climate is not only continental (long hot, dry summers and cold winters) but one of the most severe of all the Spanish grape growing regions. Frosts and hailstones are frequent in winter and drought common in summer. Temperatures can reach a maximum of 40°C in summer and drop to a minimum of -10°C in winter. Nevertheless, the vines are well adapted to such a climate and there is a Mediterranean influence due to the closeness of the sea (only 70 km as the crow flies) and the cool wind, known as the Solano, helps to keep temperatures down.Rainfall is sparse, about 450 mm per year and the vines receive about 2,800 hours of sunlight per year.
Soil:The soils are dark in colour with a high lime content, permeable and poor in organic matter.
Grapes:The Bobal grape variety occupies over 75% of the vineyards. Planting density is between 1,600 vines/ha and the maximum of 4,00 vines/ha.
The authorized red varieties are: Bobal, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, while the authorized white varieties are: Planta Nova (or Tardana), Macabeo, Merseguera, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.