With a history dating back to 1510, when Ferdinand the Catholic banned the distribution in Alicante of wines from other lands, Alicante is the ‘most valued region of Spain’ according to the Peñin Guide 2015, with an average wine quality among the highest in Spain. Alicante is also the area with the highest organic production in the Valencian Community and its catalogue includes vegan, demeter, biodynamic, wines from specific areas and from Natural Parks.
The Regulatory Council of the Alicante PDO is one of the oldest institutions in Spain as the seed of the first designations of origin. As early as the 16th century, King Philip II granted special protection to the city of Alicante to protect the wine trade by virtue of its quality. The ‘Junta d’Inhibició del Ví Foraster d’Alacant’, as well as the guild of coopers or the documents kept in the Municipal Archives of the city testify that already then control activities and records were carried out very similar to those currently known as ‘traceability’ of the product.
The PDO Vinos de Alicante covers more than 40 wineries with a total of 10,000 hectares and more than 2,000 farmers dedicated to wine production. The production area is limited to the regions of Alacantí, Vinalopó Alto, Vinalopó Medio, Vinalopó Bajo, L'Alcoiá, El Comtat, La Marina Alta and La Marina Baja.
Thanks to the fertility of their soils and the nuances of their climate, the eight areas offer regional varietals whose quality is recognised and celebrated all over the world. In 2022, the Alicante PDO had 10,598 registered hectares, 45 wineries (39 of which bottled) and 2,298 winegrowers. In the 2021-2022 campaign, the production of Alicante wine of Alicante wine was 153,717 hectoliters (-6.9% compared to the previous year).
In terms of exports, 31,326 hectolitres were exported in 2022, 10.9% more than the previous year. The main destinations were Germany (23.7%), France (6.4%), Poland (6.6%) and the Netherlands (5.4%).