Manchuela is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the historical Manchuela comarca, in the east of the provinces of Cuenca and Albacete (Castile-La Mancha, Spain) between the valleys of the Rivers Júcar and Cabriel. It was originally part of a much larger DO (La Mancha (DO)) and became a separate DO in 1982. It is surrounded on three sides by other DOs: La Mancha to the west, Utiel-Requena to the east and Jumilla to the south.
La Manchuela DO is the seventh DO to be created in the region of Castile-La Mancha. It includes over seventy municipalities, including Albacete itself and Motilla del Palancar in Cuenca.
The climate is continental (long hot dry summers, cold winters) influenced by the nocturnal moisture bearing winds from the Levant, which help keep the mean annual temperature down to 25°C. Temperatures in winter rarely fall low enough to cause frost. Humidity is very low and virtually no rainfall between the months of May and September.
The soil is lime-bearing clay and the vineyards are at an altitude of 600 – 700 m above sea level. There are two large reservoirs just to the north of the area which are used for irrigation of the vines.
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