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D.O. Utiel-Requena

The Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Protegida, or Control Board of the Protected Designation of Origin, is a public corporation with its own legal status and with the right to delegate in certain public matters.

The C.R.P.D.O. is a member of the Conferencia Española de Consejos Reguladores Vitivinícolas (CECRV), a board with national representation that is associated with the European Federation Origin Wines (EFOW).

The Consejo Regulador has a governing board or management that is democratically elected every four years with representation from across the sector including vine growers, wineries, winemakers and bottlers. It holds a Certification Service (SC), separate from its management board and authority, accredited by ENAC (currently being processed) for the certification of the wines of the Denominación de Origen Protegida Utiel-Requena within the framework of the UE-450011 European Certification.

The Management board is in charge of promotional activities and public relations as well as disseminating knowledge about the wines of the region.

The Consejo Regulador is formed by a Communications Department, a Technical Service for the registers of vineyards and a Tasting Committee that assesses the wines for the annual ratings. The Consejo Regulador has its own legal service.

Historia

The P.D.O. Utiel-Requena is located on a small, nearly round 1,800 square meters plateau in the interior of the Province of Valencia, 70 kilometres from the Mediterranean sea, and is about 700 metres above sea level. The land and climate – with Mediterranean characteristics but continental influences – produce unique, mainly red and rosé wines using the Bobal grape variety.

The vineyards, with a surface area of nearly 40,000 hectares, make up the largest and most homogeneous area in the Comunitat Valenciana.

The region is composed of nine municipalities: Caudete de las Fuentes, Camporrobles, Fuenterrobles, Requena, Siete Aguas, Sinarcas, Utiel, Venta del Moro and Villargordo del Cabriel.

The P.D.O. Utiel-Requena has more than 2,000 years of viticultural history, demonstrated by important Iberian archaeological finds throughout the area.

In 1265, during the Medieval reign of Alfonso X The Wise, the “guardian of the vineyards” was created, a figure described in the Fuero (municipal document) of Requena. In the 19th century, Utiel-Requena experienced a surge of viticulture with an increase in new plantations. In 1887, the Valencia-Utiel railway line was opened, creating wineries zones around the train stations. Today, about seven thousand families and more than one hundred wineries make their living from P.D.O. Utiel-Requena’s vineyards. Wine is the main driving force of the region’s economy.

Source: www.utielrequena.org