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Wines from ALICANTE Alicante is the largest wine region nor the most famous in Spain. In fact, Alicante is quite small, and tends to be overshadowed by better-known as Jumilla and Valencia neighbors. However, Alicante has much to offer to lovers of wine, particularly Fondillón, made with Monastrell grapes. Alicante wines increasingly more make t...
Wines from ALICANTE Alicante is the largest wine region nor the most famous in Spain. In fact, Alicante is quite small, and tends to be overshadowed by better-known as Jumilla and Valencia neighbors. However, Alicante has much to offer to lovers of wine, particularly Fondillón, made with Monastrell grapes. Alicante wines increasingly more make their way into the ranks of the best wines of Spain. Like many other regions of Spain, Alicante wine exists since many centuries. Several cities of the ancient Greek colonies of Alicante began the culture of the vine, while others were founded by the Romans and the Moors. In the 15th century, the famous wines from Alicante were throughout Europe. Many historians attribute to the wine that fame Fondillón, since most of the writers from this period called the wines of this area as "Alicante" rather than "Fondillón". The famous character of Alexandre Dumas, Edmundo Dantes in the count of Monte Cristo, drank the wine of Alicante, and the King of France, Luis XIV, it is said that they denied everything except wines from Alicante when he was on his deathbed. The port city of Alicante is a center of export wine, as it was during the Renaissance and the Baroque. During the 19th and much of the 20th century, the winemakers of Alicante focused on bulk table wine. The arrival of processing technologywine and modern equipment has brought positive changes to the custom; Alicante wines have begun to receive the recognition they deserve. Today, many wine producers from Alicante are updating their methods and taking advantage of the unique terroir of the region. These wineries as Bodegas Enrique Mendoza and tals, Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega are creating wines that attract the attention of the critics of wine around the world. Alicante wine producers have rediscovered also to the famous Fondillón and working to bring this unusual wine again in the international wine scene. Reds, whites, rosés wines and Muscat are produced in Alicante, so use a variety of grapes. The main white grape varieties are Moscatel de Alejandria, Merseguera, Macabeo, Airén. Varieties foreign, such as Chardonnay, are increasingly popular.
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