History and Culture

The Jumilla Route runs across the north-west of the Region of Murcia, set at the meeting point of La Mancha, Andalusia and Valencia.

In Jumilla you can find traces of the history and art of all the civilisations that have lived on the Mediterranean. The city which the Arabs called “the strength of wine” is a maze of emblazoned streets crowned by an imposing fifteenth-century castle, symbol of the city and accessible from the pathway of the Subidor, from which you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views over the town.

Jumilla’s long wine-growing tradition dates from the Romanisation of Hispania, although remains have been found in archaeological digs of vines cultivated 5,000 years ago. However, it was not until the mid-nineteenth century when after the plague of phylloxera that devastated large swathes of Europe, the wine-growing economy took root in Jumilla, which considerably increased the plantation and exportation of vines.


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The Wine

An elegant wine thanks to the Monastrell grape variety.

The wines of the Jumilla D.O. are based on the Monastrell variety which represents over 80% of the surface area under cultivation. This variety produces powerful and expressive wines, with shades of violet and a fullness very difficult to better.

From the 1990s on the Monastrell grape has been producing a generation of elegant wines, with Jumilla now an up-and-coming wine. The rosés and reds made mainly from Monastrell are characterised by fruitiness, intense colour and strength. The whites made from Macabeo grapes are clear and bright and particularly fresh.