The region is located in the western portion of the province of Valencia and takes its name from nearby towns, Utiel and Requena. Wine grapes have been grown here since the 7th Century BCE.
There are ~37,000 hecatres planted, maintained by 6,500 growers which supply fruit to 110 wineries.
Climate: The climate here is a combination of Continental influence with extreme temperatures year-round and Mediterranean influence with hot summers and strong, moderating winds.
Soil: Brown limestone with low organic matter predominates the mostly flat vineyards.
Grape Varities: Bobal accounts for 80% of plantings in the DO. It is known for its particularly high levels of anthocyanin (color). Other allowed red grapes include: Tempranillo, Garnacha
Garnacha Tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.
The predominant white variety is Macabeo (Viura). White grapes account for a bit more than 5% of plantings. Allowed white grapes include: Merseguera, Tardana, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Parellada, Verdejo, and Moscatel de grano menudo.