Denomination of Origin Almansa
Bodegas Piqueras is located in the geographical area covered by D.O. Almansa, a high plateau located in the south-eastern part of the province of Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain).
The production area of D.O. Almansa borders the Region of Murcia and the provinces of Alicante and Valencia, within what is known as the Almansa corridor. It consists of 8 municipalities (Almansa, Alpera, Bonete, Corral-Rubio, Higueruela, Hoya-Gonzalo, Pétrola and the hamlet of Villar de Chinchilla) with the centre of the appellation being the town of Almansa.
The soil is very rich in limestone and poor in nutrients, it has areas with little substrate and stony soil alongside others that are sandier and deeper. Most of the vineyards are on level land, although there are some vineyards on the slopes of nearby hills.
D.O. Almansa, which obtained the qualification of Denomination of Origin in 1964, has more than 7,000 hectares of vineyards at an average altitude ranging from 700 to 1,000 metres above sea level. The growing area is on chalky soil, rich in carbonates below the fertile topsoil. The vineyards are located on level land characterised by permeable, chalky and nutrient-poor soils, ideal conditions for the production of quality wines.
D.O. Almansa currently incorporates 12 wineries that make wine within the geographical area, with 20% of these wines being sold in Spain and 80% being exported to more than 45 countries.
The climate of the D.O. Almansa winegrowing area, which is located at an altitude of between 700 and 1,000 metres above sea level, is both Mediterranean and continental. Temperatures range from a maximum of 38ºC in summer to -6ºC in winter.
Rainfall in the area is scarce, at an annual average below 350 mm. And this combination of low rainfall, the permeability of the soils and low production volumes helps us to obtain wines that are very intense in terms of aroma and colour.
The semi-arid continental climate of the D.O. Almansa land under vine, together with the low fertility of the soil, leads to the low volume of grapes produced by the vines, which intensifies the depth of colour, tannins and aromatic richness of the red wines.
The height above sea level means that, during the ripening period the contrasting coolness at night is very pronounced; in short, we have an ideal climate for the production of high quality grapes.