The Mediterranean landscape of the region of Valencia with its long coasts alternating with striking mountains is a great place to visit for any tourist. The region boasts long white beaches, an amazing gastronomic tradition of Paella, and exuberant nightlife. With an amazing climate, all year round and is a perfect holiday destination. The region of Valencia has a population of about 5 million people spread throughout the major city of Valencia as well as smaller towns and villages. The region is also a major orange growing area and accounts for more than half of the total Spanish orange production. In addition to orange groves, the Valencia wine region also produces excellent local wines. Come, visit the region, admire the stunning countryside and enjoy the noble wine of Alicante – Fondillón.
Wines From The Land of Oragnes – Valencia Wine Region
Valencia is known worldwide for growing oranges, but its long days of warm sun and position next to the Mediterranean Sea also make it an ideal place for growing grapes. Valencia might not be the most famous of Spain‘s wine regions, but there’s plenty for wine lovers to explore. Generally speaking, Valencia wine region is famous for light Cavas and rich red wines that tend to be intense, with a body, structure, and relatively high alcohol content.
Discover Wine-Producing Areas around The Vibrant City Valencia
Utiel-Requena DO is one of the most popular wine and the larges winemaking zone of Valencia wine region. the area has a long history of winemaking going back to 7th century. The name of the DO comes from two towns Utiel and Requina where the vineyards of the sub-region stretch. Towns of Utiel and Requina themselves are worth to visit. They are famous for medieval architecture, small walkable places and plenty of wine bars around.
Utiel-Requena DO wines are fruit forward, presenting aromas and flavors of cherry with violet and chocolate notes.
DO Valencia wines are produced between Huerta and the mountain ranges that border the region. This area is the perfect getaway from the city to the stunning countryside where you will find different zones producing distinctive wines.
The Alto Turia is located northeast of the city and producing wines under DO Valencia. The climate and the location of the Alto Turia on the banks of the Turia river favour the production of dry white wines. At slightly lower altitude and further down from Alto Turia, wineries produce one of the famous Moscatel de Valencia.
Alicante DO is located at the southernmost part of Valencia wine region. The sub-region has a long history of wine production and got DO status in 1957.
Alicante had a reputation for producing cheap bulk wines, However, things have changed and thanks to the enthusiasm of local winemakers. Today, Alicante produces more elegant higher quality red wines.
In the warmer south, around Alicante, the Monastrell grape is used for powerful dry reds, as well as the historically significant Fondillón, the sweet ‘wine of kings’, which in the 17th-18th century, was exported all over the world. In short, there is a huge wine world to discover here in Valencia!
Fondillón – Wine Heritage of Alicante
Fondillón is a special style of wine produced in Alicante and it is the only one of its kind in the world. It is a non-fortified dessert wine that is produced from super ripe Monastrell grapes, often dried in the sun. Typically wine has aged a minimum of 10 years in barrels in solera method. The unique feature of this wine is in alcohol which comes solely from grapes and fermentation is biological without any additives.
Red Varieties: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, monastrell
White varieties: Chardonnay, Semillon, Merseguera, Muscat, Muscat of Alexandria
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Wineries to Visit
There is an abundance of possibilities to make your trip to Valencia wine region an unforgettable experience. Visit Wineries in Valencia and enjoy the charming countryside landscapes.
Las Virtudes winery
the Las Virtudes winery is located in the Villena region of Alicante, Spain. The winery is a cluster of various other wineries grouped together to produce the highest quality wines, expressing the heritage of the city. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the winery offers an excellent wine tourism experience as well.
Bodegas Monovar is a winery surrounded by Riesling and Syrah vineyards in between a stunning landscape of Levantine in the Alicante region. The winery celebrates a long history and traditions of winemaking. Century-old oak barrels store the Fondillon de Alicante wine, a traditional wine almost five centuries old.
Alicante is located in the middle of the Costa Blanca and it is one of the most important tourist destinations on the Spanish east coast. Many green golf courses set along the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean Sea are apart of the appeal of this beautiful harbour city. Alicante sits at the foot of the Castle of Santa Barbara, which has silently witnessed the numerous civilizations which have settled in the region over time.
The historic quarter located at the foothills of the Alicante fortress presents interesting religious and civil architectural examples. Explanada de España (Spain boulevard), which is a traditional recreational area for the locals, is one of them. Alicante is also famous for its Moor and Christian festivals and the Night of San Juan and it is a land of deeply-rooted traditions.
Benidorm – Beauty and Buzzing Energy at Every Turn
Benidorm is located in the Marina Baixa region of Alicante and is a great place to visit. Due to its excellent beaches, wide range of accommodations, restaurants, and leisure activities, this is a top tourist destination on the Costa Blanca. The historic centres of Benidorm stand out in contrast with the coastline that extends five kilometres lined with buildings, shops and outdoor cafes. The city offers a whole range of possibilities to enjoy your holidays – from strolling along the seafront promenade or swimming in the sea to enjoying a range of water sports or taking a boat trip to the island of Benidorm. Its fine sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and outstanding year-round climate have made it famous, rightfully so come enjoy the sunshine and sea for yourselves.
Valencia – There is Something for Everyone
Valencia is one of the most vibrant cities not only in Spain but also in Europe. Besides, being one of the biggest student cities, the city has many different offers that attract tourists, it is a perfect location for cultural, natural and gastro travellers. Valencia has a vibrant old centre, with a knot of little streets and splendid medieval buildings like the UNESCO-listed Lonja de la Seda. Discover architectural contrasts of the city from the historic centre to The City of Arts and Sciences, which is a modern cultural and architectural complex of Valencia.
The location right on the Mediterranean, makes it ideal for holidaymakers. Here you can lounge on broad, sandy beaches and duck into cosy spots for delectable cuisine that is influenced by the sea.
Natural Places to Discover Around Valencia
La Albufera National Park – The Home of Paella and Dreamy Landscapes
Pure nature 10 km away from the city, dreamy sunsets, boat rides give you the possibility to completely switch off for a while.
La Albufera is a freshwater lagoon on the Gulf of Valencia, where the biodiversity of the park allows visitors to discover a great variety of flora and fauna all year-round. The Lagoon is dotted by fishermen’s houses surrounded by rice fields, which creates a very unique atmosphere. Cultivating rice is a traditional activity here and this is exactly where the most popular Valencian dish, Paella was born.
Take a stroll along six of the possible walking routes within the nature park, discover the water birds and plants, and have true fishing experience in the lagoon.
Gorgo de la Escalera – Anna’s Stairway to Heaven
The Gorgo de la Escalera is a beautiful natural site near the Albufera de Anna, which is a lake formed thanks to the multitude of springs in the area. Very close from there you come across the large canyion that is shaped by the waters of river and it could be accessed through 136 steps. The natural waters also form a waterfall and relaxing atmosphere. Youe can take a cold water bath or simply relax and enjoy the landscape.
Muntanyeta dels Sants – A Picture Perfect Setting
Muntanyeta dels Sants (Muntanyeta dels Sants de la Pedra) also known as Cerro de los Santos, is a beautiful place is nestled in the Natural Park of La Albufera, in the municipality of Sueca surrounded by rice paddies. This is a perfect place to enjoy unique views and sunset on its terrace-viewpoint, next to the fountain. The best months to visit are the summer months before the harvesting of the rice paddies.
What to Eat in Valencia
Valencia, like other regions of Spain, was an important area for many invaders throughout history – The Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, and Visigoths all took hold of Valencia at some point due to its strategic coastal location. Every invader brought different products to Valencia which contributed to the multi facade character of Valencian Gastronomy. Moors that governed the city for 5 centuries introduced rice, sugarcane, oranges and almonds. That’s why Valencia offers quite a big diversity of rice dishes. However, the region doesn’t settle only for Paella, since mountains and coastal areas of the region have different cuisines. Fish, seafood, and rice are the mainstays of the coastal cuisine, whereas meat dishes including game, lamb, and kid goat are common in the mountain areas.
Paella – The Most Well Known Spanish Dish
One of the most popular Spanish dishes – Paella has its roots in Valencia, where traditional activities of rice cultivation take place in the wetlands, near Albufera Lake.
Paella was originally cooked in giant calderas in the open air near the lake in the 18th century, and it exploded in popularity around the mid-1800s. Traditional Valencian paella includes chicken, rabbit, and local white beans called garrafó—but seafood, vegetarian and “mixed” paella, containing both meat and fish, are also popular. Other typical additions include artichokes, lobster, and even snails. And of course, the best paella always has a layer of crispy rice along the bottom.
All I Pebre – Eat Like a Local
All I Pebre is a famous delicacy among Valencianos. It is a stew propared from eel, potatoes, and perfect sauce that includes garlic, paprica and almonds. This heary meal is not so popular outside the region and it is well-kept secret and true gastronomic hidden gem.
Bunyols – Save Room for Dessert
Bunyols are yummy fritters containing a touch of pumpkin in the dough. Valencians usually snack on them during the famous Las Fallas Festival in March, but we recommend enjoying them any time of year. This delicious snack is one of our favourite typical foods from Valencia.