Jumilla DO is a town and wine growing region located just over 100 kilometres inland from Torrevieja. Aside from its vineyards and wineries (bodegas), the town boasts a variety of tourist attractions to explore on a day out. These include the Castle of Jumilla, archaeological museum and the nearby Natural Park of Sierra de El Carche. However for most holidaymakers, a visit to Jumilla DO and the region of Yecla DO is all about sampling the excellent wines.
Jumilla DO Town
Within the town centre are several small bodegas. These are more like traditional Spanish bars that serve a variety of wines from the barrel. There are also a number of tapas bars where you can wash down these tasty bites with one of the local wines. Alternately, hungry visitors can stock up from the supermarket or delicatessen and enjoy a picnic in one of the town’s parks or plazas. Be sure to visit the Castle of Jumilla that has been excellently restored. from the castle walls and turrets the views over the town and surrounding vineyards are spectacular.
Jumilla DO Surrounds
When journeying to Jumilla DO via the A-33 or RM-427 you will pass through the foothills of the Natural Park of Sierra de El Carche. This is an excellent park to enjoy a number of outdoor pursuits. Nature trails boasting pretty flora & fauna meander their way through hills, valleys and pine forest. This sets the stage for hiking, rock scrambling, rock climbing, canyoning, mountain biking and paragliding. Visitors to the park are rewarded with stunning views.
Jumilla DO Wine
The town lies in a picturesque region of wide valleys and plateaus surrounded by mountains. The region which extends through Albacete and Murcia boasts about 32,000 hectares of vines. The DO in the town and region’s title is a wine growing term that stands for Designation of Origin. Some of the more popular red grape varieties of the region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo. Whites include Sauvignon Blanc, Moscatel and Chardonnay. The three most common ageing designations are Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.
Jumilla DO Bodegas
All these wines and more can be sampled at a number of surrounding bodegas. Wine tours can be enjoyed individually with family or friends or as part of a tour group. If you haven’t got an allocated driver, visiting as part of a tour group allows you to enjoy the wine tasting without the worry of driving. Just on the outskirts of town, on Av. de Murcia is Bodegas San Isidro.
They have an impressive wine cellar and knowledgeable guides. To compliment their wine tasting they serve a selection of cheese and meats. There is an on-site shop that also sells a range of olive oil. On the other side of Av. de Murcia is Bodegas Fernandez, SA. A bit further out of town is Bodegas Luzón. This place comes highly recommended and offers a tour of the facilities, cellars and wine tasting accompanied by a selection of tapas for just 6€.
Guardamar del Segura
Guardamar del Segura is a pleasant coastal town that lies a short distance to the north of Torrevieja. It is less than 15 kilometres from the city making it easily accessible by car or even by bicycle.