Manchuela lies to the northeast of La Mancha meseta between the Júcar and Cabriel River valleys, and well above the coastal plains Valencia and Alicante. It represents the ancestral home of one of Spain’s most interesting and underappreciated red varieties, the Bobal.
Vega Tolosa was founded by the Tolosa family in 1905, currently with the 150 hectares (375 acres) under vine. Of this, 100 acres are head-pruned Bobal, all over 80 years old. As Bobal has suffered massive uprooting in favor of international varieties in recent decades, this represents a cultural patrimony for Juan Miguel Tolosa, third generation of the winemaking family.
At over 750 meters in altitude, Vega Tolosa’s vineyards enjoy a wide diurnal temperature variation and constant breeze. Calcereaous clay soils retain moisture and provide minerality, and minimal treatments are required in the vineyards since the viticulture in most years is completely organic. Through low yields and careful winemaking, the purest expression of Bobal – for which Manchuela prides itself – is the Tolosa family’s primary objective.