Wine Tourism in Valencia
The wine industry wealth of Valencia is evidenced by two designations of origin: Utiel-Requena in the west and Valencia in the north of this Levantine province.
Designation of Origin Valencia
There are four different sub-areas within this Designation of Origin:
Between the provinces of Teruel and Cuenca, the wine region of Alto Turia is characterized by vine cultivation at an altitude between 700 and 1100 meters, with a continental climate, harsh winters and summer droughts.
It is located in the central part of Valencia, with an altitude between 200 and 600 meters, characterized by changing orography which produces wines that are very different from one another.
Muscat from Valencia
Bordering with Valentino, this is an area tempered by the sea influence, which translates to warm climate and plenty of sunshine.
This name includes wines produced in the southern part of the province, with a mild climate that becomes tougher as the coast gives way to the inland altitude.
Wines and grapes in Valencia
The wines produced in this zone are whites, rosé´s and reds: thus, the whites use the Macabeo, Malvasía and Merseguera grape varieties (especially in Alto Turia and Valentino) as well as native Verdil, and for the reds, which are dominant in the Clariano zone, the Tintorera, Monastrell and Tempranillo varieties are used.
It is worth mentioning separately the Muscat wines, also called Mistela; they are sweet wines from grape varieties Moscatel Romano or Alejandría, these being the most well-known and prestigious wines of Valencia thanks to a century-long production technique that produces high quality wines.
Some wine tourism activities in Valencia
We can find a great variety of wine tourism activities in Valencia favored by its proximity to the capital as well as by the variety of wine areas.
Among the most common activities, we recommend visits to some of the wine cellars in the area, where your personal expert will guide you through some of the secrets in the making of Valencia wines. This experience could be completed with overnight stays near the vineyards or wine-pairing with the typical products of the region.
The nature enthusiast wine tourist can enjoy hiking through the village settings of the different areas and will have also the opportunity to participate in a charity run in the vineyards of the town of Calles.
Also, wine tourism in Valencia has its epicenter in its capital, where activities related to the diffusion of the wine industry, such as “Noche del Vino” (Wine Night), which takes place in the incomparable setting of the Palau de las Artes Reina Sofia of Valencia or the “Reto del Maridaje” (Wine-Pairing Challenge) where different restaurants of the capital create specific tapas to be paired with the wines of the region.
Finally, for the traveler interested in cultural activities, visits to the historic centers of some small towns such as Chiva or Calles, or to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias de Valencia (City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia) will complement this unforgettable experience.