Roman Iecla with a French style
Yecla wine has always had an exporting career. Visit the pre-Roman sites or try the coupage wines that in Madrid in the 1920’s were the most popular in the world.
You may think that Yecla wine is the most modern wine now but we are sorry to say that the Romans left a trail of sites all over the area, long before the Arabs, from whom the word Yekka was thought to have originated. Arduous discussions by linguists and Arabists have concluded that the toponym rather comes from Iecla, from pre-Roman, Celtic or Indo-European times.
“One of the most popular wines of Yecla tells its history in its brand: Hecula”
Are abundant vineyards are Arabs when they come to our lands from the eighth century, the culture of consumption of fruit and remains unfermented grape juice. It is in the sixteenth century that we find the first data of the existence of vineyards in the general statistics Spain by Royal Charter and was issued in brown in 1575, which is considered Bodega Mayor wine production in this area, according to the chronicles of Felipe II.
Although it was not until the second half of the nineteenth century when the vineyards grew to occupy all its current territory. This expansion was aided by the arrival in the area of French merchants
Yecla wine has always been highly valued for its colour, its grade and its taste, it kept very well in transport and allowed it to be sold as a rich Bordeaux or Burgundy wine, back in the golden age of Spanish wine (XIX). The people from Yecla were very good at it, and as well as sending whole wooden vats (built by local coopers) to the south of France from the Villena-Alicante station, or receiving first prizes at the Universal Exhibitions, they were encouraged to sell their own wines in Madrid by means of large-scale advertising campaigns of the time (1855).
Do you realize now why Yecla is an important engine of furniture? Follow the trail to the original manufacturer of vats and you will have the answer…
A star is born
Yecla is very young as a wine region in Spain. It was the 15 May 1975, when the Ministry of Agriculture awarded the Protected Designation of Origin to this earth and adopted its first regulation. It is from this moment, when a slow revolution promoted by small private wineries and cooperatives with the use of new technologies, began production of red wines of great quality that have placed this region in a privileged position.
In the post-war period, the farmers’ association founded the first Cooperativa La Purisima in 1946, a high quality but well-set bulk machine. Then came Bodegas Castaño, the first impulse between the two to create the first Spanish appellation of origin in 1975.
“Yecla was the first DO associated with a municipality of its own: Yecla”
The widely recognized bulk wines have become premium bottled wines with great price and quality recognition, or functional designer bag in box wines destined for Denmark, Germany, the United States and Canada. A 92% of Yecla goes abroad.
DOP Yecla is a dynamic appellation, with great export potential. This wine tradition has been maintained over the centuries, resulting in a consolidated and important winemaking industry.
A great promise
The history of Yecla is totally atypical: unlike other Spanish producing areas, we have grown and gained experience abroad, achieving that our products are internationally recognized as some of the best value for money wines in the world
For an area of 9 wineries, we found the highest proportion of excellent Monastrells in all of Levante. Yecla has minerality, their wines are balanced and is eco-friendly.
But did you know that French môurvedre is of Levantine origin? This is another story but Yecla accumulates the best Spanish monastrell for the moment. Of the 58 yeclas in the area, all exceed ratings of Very Good and Excellent
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in Yecla is the mountainous terrain that divides Campo Abajo (up to 600 meters) and Campo Arriba (up to 800 meters, the key to fine wines). The extreme contrast between cold and night and summer and winter, up to 20 degrees, allows making wines much more flavorful and juicy but with ample acidity than wines from other murcian wine lands.
This makes us not to have any kind of complex or ties in the market. We know what we are, we know what we have and we are aware of the enormous value we offer. We want you, Spaniards and people from abroad, to rediscover us, to get excited about our products, to talk about them and, above all, to share them with your loved ones and friends. Not all countries are lucky enough to have a Yecla within their borders, we all should be proud of something like this!