Alicante DO

Alicante DO Wine Area Map
Alicante DO Temperature, Rainfall and Sunshine

In the last ten years, Alicante DO has been winning respect for its new light, fresh wines and interesting varietal reds produced by pioneering bodegas.

The winelands divide between two contrasting areas. The largest one is the arid valley of the Rio Vinalopó, which stretches behind Alicante city (also called Alacant in Valencian dialect). Here the Monastrell grape shares the vineyards with new varieties. The second smaller one, incorporated into the DO in 1987, is La Marina, on the northern coast, where Moscatel grapes flourish in the warm, humid climate.

Alongside the new red wines emerging here, Alicante’s classic dessert wine, Fondillon, has been exported for centuries and is enjoying a renaissance. This traditional wine is made from grapes allowed to over ripen on the vine; it has a high alcohol content and turns from red to amber with ageing.
 

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Alicante
Monjas, 6
03002 Alicante
Alicante
Tel.: +34 965 984 478
info@vinosalicantedop.org
www.vinosalicantedop.org

Sources

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Alicante PDO

 

Alongside the new red wines emerging here, Alicante’s classic dessert wine, Fondillon, has been exported for centuries and is enjoying a renaissance.

Alicante DO Consejo Regulador De La Denominacion De Origen
Alicante DO Vineyards and Production
Vineyards
Area under vine

9,166 ha.

Altitude of vineyards

0-600 m.

Soil types

Limestone (Vinalopó area) and clay (Marina Alta).

Principal grapes (w)

Moscatel de Alejandría, Merseguera and Malvasía.

Principal grapes (r)

Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera and Bobal.

Production
Maximum crop

9,375 kg/ha (red).

Yield

70 %

Production 2013

146,656 hl

Production 2014

109,629 hl

Production 2015

151,768 hl