General Information: Yecla is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located around the town of Yecla in the northernmost corner of the region of Murcia (Spain) and is completely surrounded by other DOs: Jumilla DO to the south and west, Almansa DO to the north and Alicante DO to the east. The area is notable for its extensive use of the red Monastrell grape variety.
Climate:The climate is Mediterranean-continental, with long, hot dry summers and mild winters. Maximum temperature in summer can reach 39ºC and minimum temperature in winter can be as low as -5ºC. Rainfall is sparse, only 300 mm per year, occurs mainly in autumn and spring, sometimes in the form of violent storms. Sunlight hours high, about 3,000 hours per year.
Grapes:The authorised white varieties are: Airen, Merseguera, Macabeo, Malvasia and Chardonnay The authorised red varieties are: Monastrell, Garnacha tinta, Garnacha Tintorera, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.