Wine Tourism in Murcia
Wine Tourism in Murcia. Jumilla and Yecla
Murcia is famous for its beaches and groceries and therefore attracts millions of tourists every year.
Wines from Murcia might not be very well-known by the public, yet they are worth discovering. There are many opportunities to do wine tourism in Murcia. Wine routes between Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla are of great interest to the visitor who will be surprised by the variety of wineries and sites to visit. Murcia is the home of the Monastrell grape variety.
Wine route in Jumilla and Yecla, land of the Monastrell
Jumilla – Yecla – Pinoso - Jumilla (80 km)
In this route you can visit remarkable bodegas and admire a landscape which gets its personality from a high concentration of vineyards. The disctinctive Monastrell grape is grown to produce tasty and powerful wines.
From the Castle of Jumilla, on top of the hill, you may admire the great views of the town as well as of the mountainous landscape which shows the border of the vineyards.
Many of the wineries which used to be in the town have moved to the outskirts and have therefore built beautiful château-type buildings surrounded by vineyards, such as Casa de la Ermita. Others have remained in the town centre, such as Bodegas Silvano García.
Yecla holds 10% of the vineyard belonging to the DO Jumilla, as well as its own Denomination of Origin: D.O. Yecla, comprising Bodegas Castaño, famous for its innovative wines. To visit wineries in Yecla, you must take the road MU404 which goes across the vineyards. You will soon get to Monte Arabí, where you can enjoy nice views and see cave paintings. Outside the town we recommend you visit Bodega Señorío de Barahonda, which also has a restaurant where you can enjoy both its design and good food. You shouldn´t leave Yecla without stopping at Jumilla Castle.
Pinoso is part of Alicante. It is located close to the mountains of Sierra del Reclot which are 1.043 m at their highest. It is a pretty and welcoming town, and it boasts a variety of natural spots, such as the woods of la Sierra de Salinas and of Reclot.
Although it is not a major destination for wine-tourism, we have included it in the Jumilla route because it provides a good opportunity to do rural tourism.