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 2019 'Altos De La Hoya' Old Vine Monastrell, Jumilla DO Login In Stock
Bodegas Olivares 2020 'Altos De La Hoya' Old Vine Monastrell, Jumilla DO Login
Bodegas Olivares (500 ml) 2016 Dulce Monastrell, Jumilla DO Login WA 93 In Stock
Bodegas Olivares (500 ml) 2017 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 (500 ml) 2017 Dulce Monastrell, Jumilla DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (9/10/2020)

    The notes of tomato vine and black olives are always a giveaway for their sweet Monastrell, of which I tasted the 2017 Dulce Monastrell, a sweet wine that has the tannin and structure of the dry red wines from the region balanced by some 230 grams of acidity and fortified to 16% alcohol. The tannins and alcohol make the wine come through as balanced and not as sweet as you might imagine given the amount of sugar it has. This is bottled unoaked and matured exclusively in bottle. It's the Mediterranean alternative to a young Ruby Port.