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Producer Spotlight: Bodegas La Purísima

Welcome to the latest installment of our new series highlighting the wineries and producers that craft the wines for Tasting Room! We're excited to show you some behind-the-scenes photos and give you a peek at how our popular Spanish Monastrell is made at Bodegas La Purísima.

Since 1966, Bodegas La Purísima has been making wine from the best vineyards the region has to offer, winning several international awards and fans from more than 30 countries around the world. The winery was originally established by a group of farmers, who registered Yecla with the French AOC, and whose determination and vision led to region to receive the prestigious Denominación de Origen distinction in 1975.

Yecla is located in the southeastern part of Spain, near Murcia, Alicante and Valencia. The soil is poor, with a high proportion of limestone that makes it very permeable — a condition that is extremely ideal for growing high quality grapes. Bodegas La Purísima tests and categorizes all the plots in its vineyards so that each plot is planted with the right variety, given its soil type.

Photo courtesy of Bodegas La Purísima

The winemaker at Bodegas La Purísima is Pedro José Azorín, who was born in Yecla, to a family of vintners that has been making wine for two generations. The biggest challenge for any winemaker in Yecla, according to Azorín, is sticking to the traditional ways of producing Monastrell, a variety that has been a part of the region for more than 3,000 years, while trying to improve on its quality.

Photo courtesy of Bodegas La Purísima

Azorín is successful at capturing the region's terroir while employing modern winemaking techniques. Taste the wines for yourself: Bodegas La Purísima is the winery behind our xx and xx.