Bodegas Carchelo was founded in the early 1980s in one of the earliest efforts to bring Jumilla into the age of modern wine. In addition to the indigenous Monastrell (Mourvèdre) variety, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are grown to enhance structure. Achieving a fresh and balanced style, by the early 1990s Carchelo's rich young red had put Jumilla on the road to international respectability.
Located at altitudes between 2,000 and 3,500 feet in the transition between Spain's coastal plain and inland La Mancha, Jumilla's aridity combines to result in fresh nighttime temperatures during the hot growing season. Chalky and clay soils offer ideal footing for the red varieties. At under eight inches of rain per year, grape health is seldom a problem. 700 acres of estate vineyards are planted to Monastrell (Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire trained vineyards), Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot, and are located in a wide variety of subregions, altitudes and exposures, reducing the risk of frequent hail damage in the area. Estate vineyards are located in five distinct Jumilla subregions with varying exposures and soil profiles, assuring a healthy diversity of fruit and vintage consistency.
Located in the eastern part of the Baetic Mountains, 80 km from the Mediterranean and at a height of 600 m above sea level, Jumilla boasts a continental Mediterranean climate which is semi-arid in nature. It also has a very irregular rainfall of about 300 litres a year, mostly in spring and autumn. It is sometimes torrential and often falls with hailstones.
Our vineyards are located in plots spread over different areas of the substantial municipal area. As a result, we have reduced the risk of losing the whole of our harvest due to hailstones and it also gives us variety in the type of soil, altitude and orientation on hillsides and valleys. The different locations lead to different absorption of solar radiation, temperature and exposure to the wind. This gives us different stages of ripeness and offers us a staggered grape harvest, producing grapes with many different subtleties.
We only produce natural red wines. Sun-kissed wines in which, with unrivalled passion and dedication, we try to preserve the essence of our Mediterranean climate and the unique characteristics of our land.
We carefully control the production process and timing while the wine is under our care. We never know when it will be consumed, so we produce all our wines so they can be potentially stored for a long time and we make sure our bottles are sealed in such a way as to guarantee this.
Many years before Robert Parker would talk about Jumilla as one of the most promising winegrowing areas of the country; even before wines from this area started to stand out in our wine universe as the best in terms of value for money; this brand was already enjoying great success with its wine from the Sierra del Carche. The new Jumilla was created here.
As with the history of many families of Jumilla, in the last century our family was already transforming the grapes from its vineyards into those wines of yesteryear which were characteristic of this land, full-bodied, intense in colour and with a high degree of alcohol content. Almost three generations later, we have returned to our origins and we are once again doing the same; now with other means and technology. We are once again people of the countryside.
Bodegas Carchelo, S.L., founded in 1990, is in Jumilla (Murcia), at the foot of the Sierra del Carche, protected Regional Park in which the highest peak Madama is 1,372 m high. The Mediterranean, together with our inland location on a plateau provides us with a unique climate. An average annual relative humidity of 60%, 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, altitudes which range from 485 m in the town centre to 1,372 m at its highest point and very low rainfall which has not exceeded 20 days of rain annually for years.
In the Spanish Mediterranean, between the provinces of Alicante, Albacete (La Mancha), Granada and Almeria (Andalusia) lies the region of Murcia, and Jumilla is located to the north-east. It is a historically ancient city with an extensive municipal area (1,000 km²) which makes up the highlands of the region of Murcia. It has an average altitude of 600 m. It offers dry and mountainous land, of steppes and pilgrims, where the vineyard historically found a unique habitat for producing grapes of exceptional quality.
Professional ethics, a respect for people and our environment are fundamental in all areas of our activity.