A Rich History in Winemaking
Alicante DO is part the Comunidad Valenciana autonomous community of Spain. It is situated in the south-eastern corner of the country, bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Alicante is also the name of the province south of Valencia, and along with the designation, derives its name from the historic port city of Alicante. The region was awarded DO status in 1957 and a Consejo Regulador (wine authority) was established. These days, it has the reputation of ‘specializing’ in mass-produced wines, but there are a few notable exceptions. Alicante has a long history of winemaking. By the 16th Century, its wine was already sought-after locally and abroad, particularly in England, Scotland, Holland and Sweden. It was often used to add color and grunt to other wines. To protect the local industry, a ban was placed on all wine imports and restrictions were placed on exports (the wine could be shipped only through the port of Alicante). This generated jobs and wealth and the number of vines proliferated throughout the region.