Among the Spanish wine excellences, Yecla is an opportunity to be discovered. Located in the north-west of the Region of Murcia, it is known for an interesting wine production and for the DO (Denomination of Origin), recognized in 1975.
The Yecla Wine Route has characteristics that make it truly unique among the wine routes. It also offers a series of activities/events that allow tourists to participate in quality cultural and taste experiences.
Let’s find out more from the words of Rubén Soriano Yago, coordinator of the Yecla Wine Route.
From when the Association was born to date, what goals has it achieved and which still have to be achieved?
The Yecla Wine Route project was born in 2010. The multitude of awards and mentions to the wines of our area was the stimulus to create, not only a quality wine, but something else: a world of sensations and experiences around it. Thus, a project such as the Yecla Wine Route was born. A true journey of knowledge, beauty, flavors and experience. From the association we work continuously to provide the agenda of food and wine activities, cultural visits, artistic activities. Actions that, little by little, have taken hold in the agenda of Yecla’s activities, placing our destination on the map of every lover of the world of the future.
This is a sign that we are on the right track. For this reason, our goal continues to be to offer tourists a wide range of activities that invite them to discover our territory through wine tourism.
Through which activities do you disseminate the Yecla Wine Route?
The Yecla Wine Route is a way to discover our territory, having wine as the leitmotif of the experience. For this reason, on our route we can find everything: Nature, with various alternatives for hiking, biking or caving, in places such as the Sierra Salinas or Monte Arabi, the main natural areas of the region. Gastronomy, a temptation that is impossible to resist: gachasmigas, gazpachos, torte fritt. We also find the Festivals, with the harvest festivals in September and San Isidro in May, festivals that recover the agricultural tradition of the area or the festivals of La Virgen, patronal festivals declared of National Tourist Interest. And how could it be otherwise, Wine tourism, visits to wineries and vineyards, commented tastings, concerts in cellars. A series of resources that invite you to get to know this area in a calm and pleasant way.
What are the peculiarities of the territory and its wines?
Yecla is a transition area between the plateau and the Mediterranean, the most important feature of this area is the considerable altitude from which numerous mountain ranges stand out. The vineyards are located at altitudes ranging between 535 and 800 meters above sea level. The limestone soils stand out and the temperature fluctuates between 20ºC, which allows excellent ripening of the grapes. In relation to wines, talking about wines here is undoubtedly talking about the Monastrell variety. Wines with an intense color, very expressive and fruity on the nose, with lively tannins on the palate and of great structure. Mainly, they are wines of remarkable graduation, as Monastrell develops its full varietal potential only from 13 degrees.
Can you briefly describe the route and the territories of cultural and enotourist interest that it crosses?
Well, the case of our Wine Route is very particular, because unlike the rest of the roads, we are made up of a single municipality, Yecla. For those unfamiliar with us, Yecla is located in the north of the Region of Murcia, between the provinces of Alicante and Albacete. The city is close to 35,000 inhabitants and has genuine gastronomy, customs and even a language. Yecla has its roots in viticulture and winemaking, which have marked its landscape, its culture and the personality of its people.
Why choose the Yecla Wine Route?
The Yecla Wine Route is a destination that concentrates a set of tourist resources capable of satisfying the expectations of any traveler. We have the uniqueness of having a Denomination of Origin formed only with the lands of the municipality of Yecla, which makes everything closer and more accessible. A municipality that houses several archaeological sites, Monte Arabí, declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 by UNESCO and which hosts numerous prehistoric sites and rock paintings. An Archaeological Museum, where there is a bust of the emperor Hadrian dating back to the 2nd century, and the Basilica de la Purísima, one of the most important architectural buildings of the 17th and 19th centuries, in which its large dome of white tiles is worth highlighting it’s blue. All this, without forgetting the Sanctuary of the Castle, a place from which you can admire some of the most beautiful views of our town.
The Yecla Wine Route encompasses from traditional cellars, and even the archaeological site of a Roman winery, to modern wineries at the forefront of innovation and development, offering a journey through wine culture from ancient times to the present day .
To complete this offer also specialized shops, farmhouses, hotels and restaurants where the customer will receive an impeccable service to pamper and take care of the visitor.