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Uclés is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the region of Castile-La Mancha, (Spain), around the town of Uclés in the west of the province of Cuenca and in the northeast of the province of Toledo.

Uclés DO
Wine region
DO Uclés location.svg
Uclés DO in the provinces of Cuenca and Toledo in the region of Castile-La Mancha
Official nameD.O. Uclés
TypeDenominación de Origen
CountrySpain

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HistoryEdit

In 2002 a number of local wine producers (bodegueros) formed a quality wine association. The area acquired its DO status in 2005.

ClimateEdit

This DO has a continental climate, i.e. long, hot dry summers and cold winters. Average annual rainfall is around 500 mm.

SoilsEdit

The vineyards in Uclés DO are located in three different geological areas:

  • Sierra de Altomira. Abrupt landscape and presence of dolomitic limestone
  • Western zone. Rolling landscape, comprising sediments, floodplain and valley floors
  • Eastern zone. Intermediate depression, comprising ternary deposits

The soils are very varied, though they are mostly sandy, deep and generally not very fertile. Drainage is good and oxygen is available for the root systems of the vines. They are slightly more fertile near the rivers Riánsares and Bedija.

Grape VarietiesEdit

Authorized grape varieties:

Maximum yields, for red wines, are established depending on the age of the vines and on the planting system:

  • ≥ 6 years, 8,000 kg/ha (low bush, en vaso) or 11,000 gk/ha (on trellis, en espaldera)
  • ≥ 15 years, 6,500 kg/ha (low bush, en vaso) or 9,500 gk/ha (on trellis, en espaldera)
  • ≥ 40 years, 5,000 kg/ha (low bush, en vaso) or 8,00 gk/ha (on trellis, en espaldera)

Vines less than 6 years old may not be used for making wine with the Uclés DO label.

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