HISTORY AND CULTURE
ALICANTE WINE ROUTE
The Alicante Wine Route is an alternative and differentiating wine tourism proposal in the province. The objective of the Wine Route is to promote tourism in the inland regions of Alicante with great winemaking tradition, as well as to promote inland tourism and the set of monuments and tourist resources that these municipalities treasure, which also have a typical gastronomy that offers native dishes and products. Wine represents in our culture and in our provincial tradition a great hallmark and an economic element of singular importance, differentiating it from other communities.
We want the wine tourist to immerse himself in a fascinating journey that connects two regions of Vinalopó (Algueña, Monóvar, Novelda, Petrer, Pinoso, Salinas, Villena and Elche) to the south and the Marina Alta and Baja (La Vall de Pop, Calpe, Teulada Moraira y l´Alfàs del Pi) to the north, both differentiated but united by the same symbol, the vine. In each of the municipalities you will enjoy its people, monuments, customs, crafts and indigenous agri-food products of great recognized prestige.
In addition, we also want the Alicante Wine Route to be an oenological route that allows promoting alternative tourism to sun and beach, since our province has a long wine-growing tradition and excellent quality wines. Our goal is to make them known to the general public and to tourists visiting the Costa Blanca in particular.
Enjoy it however you want, but do not forget that the wine of the province of Alicante together with its gastronomy will not leave you indifferent.
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The cradle of the Fondillón
From the diversity of climates, regions and varieties, Alicante presents a catalog of the most assorted in terms of types of wines. Far from wanting to be a D.O. thematic and with only one category due to marketing imperatives, here we are creative, diverse, and varied as a reflection of the Mediterranean spirit that has always accompanied us. That is why we are Alicante Wines (plural) and that is why we have styles of wines. Curiously, almost none of them go unnoticed and all speak of their origin. There is an Alicante wine for every type of consumer, and that is a cultural advantage that we cannot ignore.
The main targets in this area are Muscat. Inimitable. And even more so when it comes to the Muscat of Alexandria from the Marina Alta, nothing comparable to other muscat from nearby areas. The wines have very pale and clean tones, with their characteristics of aromas of white flowers: orange blossom, jasmine, lily … and in the mouth they are light, persistent and with a very good acidity, perfect for a wide pairing.
The main and most characteristic of our wines is a Monastrell wine. Alone or accompanied by others. Young or foster. Always intense, powerful, with ripe fruit and toasted touches either from the sun or from the woods. But ultimately a wine with a medium or high layer, with aromas of blackberries, plums, cherries. Intense on the nose and in the mouth. With great body and touches of Mediterranean forest and something mineral (when the monastrell is more alone). A great experience and a different wine. There are also varieties that have a magnificent performance in the area, such as Syrah or Merlot. And the classic cabernet, pinot noir, petit verdot … in all of them that touch of good maturation and intensity that the Alicante climate and intense summers always have predominates.
The rosé that comes from Monastrell, due to its phenolic load, is usually intense, very pinkish raspberry or jellybean, with slight aromatic touches of strawberries and with a very good structure and body. They have recently become lighter thanks to blends with other red varieties and their fruit and friendliness is present in all of them.
With sun and good maturation, it is possible to obtain good, sweet wines ideal for enjoying a wide Mediterranean cuisine.
Specialized in these wines, those from Alicante can be made with white or red varieties. Known as “mistelas”, they have wine additives to stop their fermentation and are halfway through their transformation from sugar into alcohol. So, they are very interesting.
The latest incorporation from Alicante has been perfect for creating wines to which we put all the fruit, maturity and good qualities of our varieties to promote their flavor and particularity. Although they are recently made wines, they have given great results, especially if they are made with good raw materials.
FONDILLÓN DE ALICANTE
This wine is unique in all its facets, but without a doubt in tasting it you will notice something special. Neither dry nor sweet, the product has a great aromatic intensity and a powerful mouth, with a long aftertaste and a good balance despite the long aging. Its complex nose stands out, full of aromas of ripe fruit, nuts and balsamic touches. And of course, its characteristic amber or mahogany color with golden mid-layer trims. Glimpses of the best woods. Clean and well-integrated bubbles in the muscat with the characteristic explosion of aromas to make your nose elegant.
History, popular culture, tradition and customs narrate the passing of the years
In the interior of Alicante you have the possibility of visiting places of great cultural value as well as contemplating a wide artistic and historical heritage.
Its privileged climate throughout the year, together with the attractiveness of its festivals and events of a tourist and cultural nature, offers you the possibility of enjoying wine culture from a very different perspective.
History and traditions
Discover municipality by municipality that you can discover in its old quarters and its history from the hand of the local population. They will not leave you indifferent.
Full of popular celebrations
The festive calendar is full of popular celebrations, since its privileged climate throughout the year, together with the attraction of its festivals and events of a tourist and cultural nature, offers you the possibility of enjoying the Alicante Wine Route from a perspective very different.
In the VALL DE POP starting with the winter holidays such as the Fiesta de San Antonio and the Carnivals, passing through Easter and the different Patron Saint Festivities of each of the towns and games of our territory that take us until the end of the summer, Moors and Christians festivals and different typical markets.
L’ALFÀS DEL PÍ, currently celebrates the festivities of the Jubilee of l’Alfàs from November 7 to 10 in honor of the Holy Christ of Good Success, for which the people of Alphasin feel great devotion and whose veneration Pope Pius IX granted plenary indulgences. During those November days a great variety of recreational, cultural and religious events are scheduled. In addition, other festivals of marked traditional character are celebrated. The Creueta festival takes place on the first Sunday in May, being a shared tradition throughout Spain. The last weekend of August takes place the festivities of l’Albir, some celebrations that say goodbye to the summer season in a fun and popular way. Already in the month of December the festivities of the Immaculate are celebrated to honor the Immaculate Conception.
In the municipalities of VINALOPÓ we find a wide range of popular festivals that take place throughout the year without forgetting Holy Week, the Moors and Christians festivities and their Major Festivities. During their festivities the municipalities are filled with color, parades, music and gunpowder, … But we do not forget the religious acts, such as the offering, the procession or the Salve, they are mixed with other more playful and folkloric, the “Mascletá”, the traditional parades of Nanos i Gegants, multi-colored float parades, heifer release, bullfights, folklore performances, band concerts and guest artists.
Elaborated, traditional and innovative at the same time
When we mention Wine Tourism in the territory of Alicante, we are not only talking about wine, since we cannot ignore talking about the elaborate, traditional and innovative gastronomy that we find in restaurants, and of course, about the products that with care they are cooked in each of the traditional establishments.
The best gastronomic showcase is found in the foodstuffs offered in the restaurants that every day with dedication and love they offer to anyone who comes to discover or repeat.
Alicante to the south, the Comarca del Vinalopó, is a land of rice with rabbit and snails with vine shoots, gazpacho from La Mancha, sausages and typical pasta. And in the north, in the Vall del Pop in the Marina Alta region, everyone who goes will be delighted with sausages and well-known dishes such as “espencat”, cocas or paella.
Thus, the Wines that are made in the wineries that are part of the Alicante wine route, taken in moderation together with the gastronomy, make a perfect tandem.
Experiential and quality wine tourism
In order to enjoy all these pleasures, the Alicante Wine Route gives you the opportunity to integrate the resources and tourist services of interest in the wine-growing areas from the authenticity and experiential vocation to delight yourself with a quality and experiential wine tourism.
For all these reasons, come to the province of Alicante and learn about the history of the wineries as well as the wine-making process, from the collection of the grapes to their bottling. And for this, what better way than following our proposals on the route’s tourist website and being able to combine your stay with the rest of the services we offer you.
HOW TO GET THERE
Marina Alta, Marina Baja and Vinapoló
The Alicante Wine Route extends through the D.O. Alicante, in the north is the municipalities of the Marina Alta from the coast inland Alcalalí, Benichembla, Benissa, Castell de Castells, Jalón, Llíber, Murla, Parcent and Sénija. The Marina Baja with the municipality of Alfàs del Pi. And to the south in the Vinalopó regions is Algueña, Elche, Monóvar, Petrer, Pinoso, Salinas and Villena.
By road: This is located in the south of the province of Valencia and northeast of the Murcia region and southeast of the province of Albacete in La Mancha.
To reach the towns on the route, the province has excellent communication infrastructures such as the A-3 motorway (Madrid-Alicante), national and regional roads, as well as an extensive road network of local roads. Anyone who comes to discover the province enotouristically will be able to have regular bus lines and taxi service throughout the territory.
By rail: Recently the province has a new transport service such as rail access from the Spanish capital with high-speed trains that reach the city of Villena and Alicante.
By air: The province has a new and modern El Altet airport.
Telephone: 693 066 227