Alfàs del Pi
The Alicante wine region is divided into two contrasting zones. On one side you will find Vinalopó (in the south-west), where the Monastrell grape thrives in the drought. On the other side you will find La Marina (in the north), where the Moscatel grape is mainly planted due to the warm, humid climate.
Although the wines from Alicante do not enjoy the same fame as the wines from La Rioja, the province has a rich history of wine production. The fondillón, a sweet undistilled wine made from extra ripe Monastrell grapes, is the most famous of them all. It is said that Louis XIV asked for it on his deathbed.
As one of the wineries affiliated with the Grandes Pagos de España, winemaker Enrique Mendoza enjoys prestige in the D.O. Alicante. Although this family business itself is located a few kilometers above Benidorm, in Alfàs del Pi, they have vineyards in both zones. In addition to the local grapes, Moscatel (white) and Monastrell (red), winemaker José (eldest son of) also likes to experiment with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot and Syrah. A two-hour tour and tasting of seven different wines (with cheese and sausage platter) costs €22 per person, is available in both Spanish and English and should be booked in advance.
Have you gotten a taste for wine tasting and would you like to see more in the province? Pinoso, Villena and Jalón are also known for their excellent wineries.