Meet The Cooperative
Located in Corral de Almaguer (Toledo, Spain), in La Mancha Toledana, BODEGAS ALTOVELA is under the Appellation of Origin La Mancha, which is, according to the experts, one of the Spanish Appellation of Origin with the greatest projection.
The ideal climatic conditions of the area and its shallow clay-calcareous soil provide a grape capable of producing extraordinarily concentrated and aromatic wines.
Currently, BODEGAS ALTOVELA has 11,000 hectares of its own vineyards with more than 14 grape varieties, among which Airén, Macabeo, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot stand out, among others, with which we mainly produce Young wines. , Aging and Sparkling Wines under the Traditional Champanoise Method.
Capacity and facilities
The winery is perfectly designed and dimensioned to currently produce some 70 million liters of wine.
Quality since 1965
BODEGAS ALTOVELA has been committed to quality as a guarantee for the commercialization of its wines, both nationally and internationally since 1965.
Tecnology and efficiency
We have installations equipped with the latest technology, with a modern bottling and labeling line with a capacity of 5,000 bottles per hour, in all the formats that the market may demand. We also have an isobarometric bottling machine for our sparkling wines, with a capacity of 2,000 bottles per hour.
La Mancha has a strong viticultural vocation, derived from a set of characteristics that are intrinsic and natural to the production of grapes and, as a consequence, wines with defined peculiarities. La Mancha has a flat land, without great heights and with a reddish earth, the result of Miocene sediments with a limestone structure. Dryness is another of its most pronounced characteristics, since due to its micro-climate the entry of humid winds is rare, presenting low rainfall (300 to 350 mm per year).
On the other hand, this land enjoys more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, which is why the wines of Appellation of Origin La Mancha are influenced by an environment of extreme dryness and high insolation, reaching temperatures close to 45ºC. The orography is very flat and the terrain rises steadily from north to south, going from 484 meters above sea level in the extreme north to 700 meters in central La Mancha, then descending to 645 meters in Manzanares. Higher heights are reached in some specific areas of the province of Cuenca and in the outskirts of the Montes de Toledo.
However, the average altitude of most of the La Mancha vineyard ranges between 600 and 800 meters in height, which together with its extreme continental climate means that the temperatures of its winters can be very low, reaching figures of up to minus 15ºC. The composition of the soil is not very varied, predominantly sandy clay formations of a reddish-brown color, poor in organic content and rich in limestone and chalk.
The cultivation of wine has always been and by tradition part of the people of these lands, in fact many of the customs, festivals and literature of the La Mancha people are based on the Culture of Wine.
We must not forget the allusions made to La Mancha wine by the great writers of the Golden Age. Miguel de Cervantes in his universal work Don Quixote, makes references to wine such as the one that says: “he praised wine so much that he put it through the roof, although He did not dare to leave it too much in them because it did not run out”.
Although the documented origins of viticulture in La Mancha date back to the 12th-13th centuries after the repopulation of these lands in the middle of the Reconquest, there will be no shortage of saying that La Mancha vineyards date back to Roman times. However, the cultivation of vineyards in La Mancha reached its maximum expansion as of 1940, due to the establishment of numerous wine cooperatives throughout the region. Viticulture is also the main economic activity of the municipalities that make up the Appellation of Origin La Mancha.