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Practices & Techniques
From the technical side, we cultivate our own vineyards with an area of 100 hectares located in different places of the municipality of Jumilla, at an altitude of 600 m and an average age of 15 years. The plots are located in different areas of the term resulting qualities of grapes with differences complement each other and result in an excellent and highly differentiated wine minimizing climate risks.
The desire to maintain the winery is oriented customer demand strategy so that issues such as "How to market ?, How ?, aging wine How wine making ?, Are the crops our vineyards ?, etc. "remain constant in the daily expanding our knowledge and making Carchelo improve constantly.
In 2008 he became an important and future bet. The modernization of the image was the first objective, carried out by our designer and getting her the Gold Pentawards (the Oscars of the design) and incorporating Joaquin Galvez Bauzá, oenologist first class and prestige, recognized in the its high knowledge sector in vineyards and winemaking of the highest quality.
At company level, one of the most important aspects of Bodegas Carchelo is respect for our employees, customers and suppliers. Ethical behavior concerning everyone and everything in our cellar.
Notably, the seductive character of our vineyards, each one of them "stories to tell."
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Due to its location, 80 km from the Mediterranean and at an altitude not less than 500 m, Jumilla has a type climate continental .
This climate is characterized by a regime similar to Mediterranean rainfall, with rainfall between 200-400 mm / year. A regime of very irregular rainfall, occurring mostly in the spring and fall, sometimes giving as torrential and accompanied by hail, one of the greatest dangers in the area.
Not receiving the influence of the sea has characteristics of continental climate as the temperatures are more extreme. The summer season often exceeds 30 ° C, reaching more than 35 ° C. Winters are cold reaching temperatures below zero, it is not unusual to see snow in Jumilla, leaving a beautiful snowy landscape of vineyards.
Jumilla is located in the eastern part of the Cordillera Bética. It consists of a set of mountain ranges that extend to the south of the Iberian Peninsula from the Gulf of Cadiz, through the Region of Murcia to Alicante and reaches the Balearics, with a distance of over 600 km, being its dimensions, the most important of Spain.
The geological heritage we have in Jumilla is the result of a complex geologic evolution. To explain their formation must go back to the Triassic, 251 million years ago, during which the external areas of the Iberian Range are formed. During the Jurassic intracontinental fracture occurs, performing sedimentation Subbético also occurring episodes of large-scale shallowing resulted carbonated limestones corresponding to Prebético platforms. The Betics arises from the Alpine foldings that occurred in the Western Mediterranean during the Mesozoic, from 65 million years ago to the present.
It has its geological extension systems in the mountainous Rif and Tell North Africa and in the Alpine Corsica, which continues to the south of the Western Alps, finally connected to the Apennines. All these mountainous formations shared history and similar materials.
The Betics is divided into two large areas, the north outer zone and the inner zone to the south. This distinction is made because because its rocks have suffered a very different geological history has been recorded in them.
Jumilla is located in the outer zone. The materials that surfaced in the external areas are those that were deposited during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic most of which were deformed later in the Miocene.
In this area we have been identified two main geological units with criteria different stratigraphic and structural characteristics, the Prebético and Subbético. The Prebética area, where there Jumilla, encompasses those geologic units that were deposited closer to the continent emerged. Comprising rocks with ages ranging from the Late Triassic, which only emerges by phenomena Diapirism and Oligocene, albeit with a clear predominance of limestone materials Cretaceous and Tertiary.
The Altiplano de Jumilla is a transition territory between the Mediterranean and the peripheral zone Plateau.
It is crossed by a series of mountain ranges between 800-1400 m above sea left between different valleys runners always above 500m altitude.
These valleys were the subject, during the Miocene, an important filling materials predominantly marine origin (marl) that just emerge on the surface, to be covered by extensive glacis of Pliocene age. All these materials were superimposes a quaternary, which includes recent materials, little or poorly consolidated colluvium from the mountain slopes, formed by edges, scabs and arenas.
Several cycles of time and several periods of flooding by the sea, along with the topography of the Altiplano de Jumilla have created a very suitable soils for growing grapes.
They are calcareous soils, soils with low organic matter and well drained surface but with good water retention as we go deeper.
They have great water capacity and medium permeability allowing him to survive the vineyard in conditions of prolonged drought Redeeming water available. They have frank and sandy loam texture.