Natural Wine Cellar
The area protected by the "Bullas" Denominación de Origen is situated in the Northwest of the Murcia region and includes the towns of Bullas, Cehegín, Mula, Ricote, the high areas of Lorca and parts of the municipalities of Moratalla, Caravaca and Calasparra. Compared to other wine growing areas the vines in Bullas grow at an extremely high altitude and most of the vineyards are situated at over 600 metres above sea level. As a result this area has a unique Mediterranean climate (the average temperature is 15.6º C), where the winters are cold but short and the summers are long and hot, and even if the yearly rainfall is low (450 mm) it is still higher than the surrounding areas.
The history of Bullas is inextricably entwined with the culture of wine growing as there is evidence that vines have existed in this area since Roman times. From that moment up until the late 19 th century when phylloxera devastated the vines, wine-making has always played a fundamental role in the local community and in the various cultures that have passed through this area. Now the willingness to share these secrets and the innovatory spirit of local cooperatives and wineries have succeeded in combining modern industrial methods and time-eternal traditions, and this is the key to the superb quality of the wines that bear the Bullas D.O. label.
In Bullas the Monastrell grape is by far the most predominant variety (80% of total cultivation), as traditionally this has always been a red wine area. Nevertheless a number of excellent whites and rosés are also made here and grapes such as the Tempranillo (for reds and rosés) and Macabeo and Airén (for whites).
From the maze of streets in the old town of Bullas, to the picturesque vineyards that line the Mula river valley, this area lives and breathes its ancient wine-making traditions. In the town and countryside there are many old cellars and even some ancient remains, such as the Roman sculpture of Bacchus found in the Villa de los Cantos. Certainly not to be missed is the Bullas Wine Museum, where visitors can truly appreciate the cultural richness of the wine-making tradition of this area. From the Museum, you can start along a pathway (known as “Ruta del Vino de Bullas”) which will bring you into contact with all the places of interest linked to the main product of this locality, from the ancient wineries to the present-day winemaking centres, including the numerous monumental and scenic resources present in the territory of the Municipality which have led to coining of the promotional slogan “Bullas, a natural winery”.
The offer is enhanced by a series of services such as the fine traditional country houses, hostels, camping sites and restaurants offering all the tastes and flavours of the traditional local cuisine.
All these innovations show just how proud the local people are to welcome visitors into their time-honoured world of viniculture and to share the ancient secrets of fine wine-making.