Bodegas Olivares

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Jumilla, Murcia
People: Olivares family, Owner | Francisco ("Paco") Selva, President | Pascual Olivares, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Bodegas Olivares 2018 'Altos De La Hoya' Old Vine Monastrell, Jumilla DO Login WA 90 In Stock
Bodegas Olivares (500 ml) 2016 Dulce Monastrell, Jumilla DO Login WA 93 In Stock

Bodegas Olivares is located in the northwest corner of the Jumilla appellation, 150 miles southeast of Madrid. At over 800 meters, the estate vineyards are some of the highest in the DO. This provides a climate that shares Jumilla’s warm days, but whose nights are considerably cooler than the rest of the appellation. Grape ripening is prolonged, which results in aromatic wines with astounding freshness and equilibrium.

Within the 275 hectares of Bodegas Olivares, 110 hectares of old, ungrafted Monastrell vines stand out. The ungrafted vines are rare survivors of the phylloxera epidemic that spread across Europe at the end 19th century. The only salvation was to graft older, European varieties onto disease resistant, American rootstocks. To this day, 99% of Europe’s vineyards can only survive when grafted onto American rootstock. Olivares vines are planted on their original rootstock in sandy soil: a unique feature that produces wines of distinct character. The sand increases the rich perfume while the rootstock enhances the depth and complexity. Farming is organic; no artificial fertilizers or pesticides are used.

Prior to 1998, the Selva family’s business was in bulk wine, but each year they made a dessert wine for own consumption. This wine was reserved solely for the family until 1998, when they began to commercialize it. It was an immediate sensation in Spain, with top restaurants and shops rushing to feature it. Inspired by the success, the Selva family turned its attention to producing sumptuous red wines from the priceless old vines. The first release was in 2000.

Wine Advocate 12/29/2017
"Olivares is one of the most reliable producers in Jumilla. Very good value for money."


  • Olivares (500 ml) 2016 Dulce Monastrell, Jumilla DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (4/30/2019)

    The textbook-sweet fortified Monastrell 2016 Dulce Monastrell has an unmistakable nose of black olives and sun-dried tomatoes, with the structure and tannin provided by the old vines. It has 200 grams of sugar and 16% alcohol, which seems to be a good balance here. To maintain the purity, this fermented in concrete and was bottled unoaked a few months after the harvest.
  • Olivares 2018 'Altos De La Hoya' Old Vine Monastrell, Jumilla DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (9/10/2020)

    The red 2018 Altos de la Hoya was produced with Monastrell grapes from old ungrafted vines. It has a creamy and balsamic touch with sweet spices intermixed with ripe berry fruit and notes of pencil lead and licorice, with the fruit being black rather than red. The palate is juicy and round, with very fine tannins and some creamy oak in the finish. Pleasant and easy to drink and understand.