La Mancha

La Mancha is a natural historic district in the autonomous region of Castilla La Mancha, in the centre of Spain, occupying a good part of the province of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo. It covers an area of over 30,000 km², approximately 300 km from east to west and 180 km from north to south, forming one of the most extensive high plateaus and natural regions of the whole Iberian province. It represents the south-western part of the Central Plateau, more specifically, the southern sub-plateau.

It has an extreme continental climate with large fluctuations in temperature and variable rainfall, which makes it ideal for growing vines, as has been done since at least the Middle Ages, although it is thought that wine-growing here dates back to the times of the Roman Empire.

La Mancha is the largest wine-growing region as regards cultivation area. This land falls under the Designation of Origin of La Mancha, which extends across parts of the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo, and is the most extensive Designation of Origin of wines on the planet.