The named after the city of the same name DO area in the southeast Spain
in the Murcia region includes only a single municipality. He counts to Levant
, The vineyard covers 20,000 hectares, but only 4,600 are approved for quality wine. The soils of clay over limestone with good water permeability are in 400 to 700 meters above sea level. Here there is a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters, as well as extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night. Over 90% of red wines are grown. The dominant with 85% of the vineyard is the Monastrell, followed by Garnacha Tinta, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cencibel (Tempranillo), Merlot, Tintorera (Alicante Henri Bouschet) and Syrah. The most important white varieties are Merseguera, Airén, Macabeo, Malvasía (Síria) and Chardonnay. A special feature is that this area of the phylloxera
was largely spared, a good part of the vineyards is still planted with autochthonous, rootless vines. Well-known producers are Bodegas Castaño, Bodegas La Purísima, Señorio de Barahonda and Antonio Candela e Hijos.