Requena is a city linked to the culture of wine from time immemorial, but also has a historical and artistic heritage unknown to many.
The old walled town of Requena, know as Barrio de la Villa was built on a rocky outcrop dominating the surrounding plains. One of the gates of the ancient walls remains today, it is the Puerta del Angel. Another must is a visit to the Cuevas de la Villa, a labyrinth of caves and tunnels underneath the town’s centre dating from the 12th century, which have been used as a pantry, wine cellar or even shelter through the times.
After that, we will visit one of the wineries belonging to the Denominación de Origen Utiel-Requena (protected status Utiel-Requena), the most extensive vineyard in the Región of Valencia. There are 34,000 hectares of vineyards divided among nine towns. Around 6000 families and 100 wineries are dedicated to viticulture in the DO Utiel-Requena, making it the main economy of the region.
It is a region mainly of red wines, where 80% of the production is the grape variety Bobal and just over the 10% is the Tempranillo variety. The white varieties represent around 5% of the vineyard area.