Valdepeñas – the road back

It was once the toast of artists and adventurers, but by the middle of the last century the wine of Valdepeñas was being tipped into jugs of cheap sangria for package-holiday tourists. How did it all go so spectacularly wrong? Last year, in a new promotional drive, the denomination adopted the slogan ‘Wines with stories to tell’, and the region’s fall from grace is a story that deserves to be told.

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