The Vineyards

Our vineyards

Our vines grow in deep and low in organic matter soils made up of limestone at an altitude ranging between 400 and 800 m above sea level. The climate is continental with temperatures that vary from – 6 ºC in winter months until 40 ºC in summer months. All these factors plus the low rainfall and the temperature variation between night and day produce a slow ripening and favour the concentration of colour, flavour and aroma in the grapes.

Nowadays, we own 150 hectares and other 600 hectares are controlled by our agricultural technical department in order to obtain the greatest grapes.

 

To plant the vineyards we follow a rectangular or square pattern (depending on the method used, goblet or trellis). The density of plantation ranges from 1200 vines per hectares in the dry cultivated area to 2900 vines per hectares in the irrigation cultivated area. In both areas, globet or trellis vine training system is allowed.

 

Characteristics of our local area

Soils are deep, quite permeable, low in organic matters and made up of limestone. We own two areas well differentiated by their geographical characteristics:

Campo arriba

It is located in the north part of Yecla at an altitude ranging between 700 and 800 m, where the soil is composed of:

80 %

LIMESTONE

5 %

SAND

15 %

CLAY

Campo abajo

It is located in the south part of Yecla at an altitude ranging between 400 and 500 m, where the soil is composed of:

30 %

LIMESTONE

5 %

SAND

65 %

CLAY

The weather in Yecla is quite different to the weather in the rest of the province. The weather is clearly continental with cold winters (minimum of 4ºC – 7ºC) and very hot summers (maximum of 39ºC). The average annual precipitation of 250-350 litres is scarce but well distribute between autumn and spring. The average annual sunshine is 3000 hours.

Because of the altitude, 600 and 800m above sea level, the temperature variation is remarkable between night and day.

Because of the altitude ranging between 600 and 800m above sea level, the temperature variation is remarkable between night and day which makes a slower grape ripening and which favours grapes acquiring quality factors.