Hammeken Cellars and VDLT Castilla

Phoenicians brought the vine to these lands. Romans spread it throughout the peninsula. Today, its role is prominent in La Mancha's local culture.

Some varietals are Macabeo, Verdejo, Garnacha and Bobal.

But there are two protagonists. Let's take a look at them.

Did You Know?


Most vineyards are planted with White Airén and the local Tempranillo, also known as Cencibel.


An important part of White Airén is vinified as a base wine for Spanish brandy production.


About 50% of the vineyards are rainfed and crown pruned.

VDLT Castilla: Different Soils And A Extreme Climate

VDLT Castilla covers all municipalities in Castilla La Mancha. The vineyards are located on plains and gentle slopes, at 500-750 meters above sea level.

The variety of soils is wide, but the custom is to plant the vines in poor soils with low water retention capacity.

A Few Figures

400.000 has

Of vineyards.
Castilla La Mancha is the largest wine region in the world.

300 - 400 mm

Annual rainfall.
Droughts are common on a yearly basis. In order to take advantage of the water, vine density is low.

From 45ºC to -15ºC

With an extreme continental climate, annual highs and lows can differ by as much as 60º.

And The Outcome

The soil and climate characteristics of Castilla La Mancha condition the exceptionally low yields of the area.

As a result, grapes concentrate their aromas and flavors with remarkable intensity.

Not too bad for wine production.

A Wine Option For Every Taste